Category Archives: Town of Ocean City Press Releases

Record Crowds Attend 40th Annual Sunfest

sunfest40(September 23, 2014) – If you missed the 40th Annual Sunfest, then you might have been the only one! Kicking off the town’s “second season” with four days of music, food, arts, crafts and just plain fun, the festival attracted a record crowd of 234,474 people. The event, which once again topped Sunshine Artist magazine’s list for the best festival in the nation, took over the Inlet Lot and beach Thursday-Sunday, September 18-21.

Accompanied by beautiful late summer weather, Sunfest featured nearly 300 vendors, along with live music, hayrides on the beach and a wide and delicious offering of food.  The festival grounds at the Inlet Parking Lot were bustling with visitors, as attendance was up nearly 47,000 people from 2013, boasting the highest attendance ever and trending way above the five year average of 175,299.

“We really hoped that the 40th Anniversary would be an extremely memorable event and I am confident that those who visited could feel just how special the event truly is,” said Frank Miller, Director of Ocean City’s Special Events.  “We had outstanding vendors, great entertainment, fabulous weather and the largest attendance in the event’s history.  It was a picture perfect weekend and an outstanding event for the Town of Ocean City.”

The Comcast Entertainment Pavilion was the venue for the headliner entertainment, where an enthusiastic audience of 1,535 was on hand for the Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley on Thursday night.   On Friday, 1,444 turned out for country superstars Parmalee and Eric Paslay while Rick Springfield swooned a full house on Saturday night.

Crowds enjoyed additional entertainment, including new Sunfest performers the Natty Beaux, The Galaxy Collective, Richie Fields, British Invasion Experience, Bluesman Tom Larsen, Part Like It’s…, Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark and Mike Hines and the look.

Also celebrating this weekend’s success were the following raffle winners, who were announced at the conclusion of Sunfest 2014:

  • St. Luke’s Church Grand Prize $10,000 to Lynda Johnson of Ocean City
  • Knights of Columbus Assembly #2454 2014 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic with Trailer to Stamislav Zieminski
  • St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish 2014 Harley Davidson Fatboy with trailer to Norm Brooks of Delaware
  • Ocean City Lions Club 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic to John GingrichThe 41st Annual Sunfest is scheduled for September 24-27, 2015.  For more information, or to sign up to receive email updates for the Town of Ocean City’s Special Events, please visit
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The Premier Ocean City Performing Arts Center Event, The Texas Tenors Live in Concert

Today - Season 62The Texas Tenors bring their “Deep in the Heart of Christmas” show to the all new Ocean City Maryland Performing Arts Center, 8pm, Saturday December 13.  The Texas Tenors, featuring JC Fisher, Marcus Collins and John Hagen, have performed for over 100 million people around the world.  The group formed in 2009, the same year they made their television debut on NBC’s America’s Got Talent becoming the highest ranking vocal group in the history of the show.  Since then their fame has continued to grow as they have played to sold out venues worldwide, have had their own PBS “You Should Dream” TV Special and  are one of the most breathtaking theatre shows in Branson Missouri.  The Texas Tenors sing Country, Pop, Classical, Broadway and much more in this fun filled entertaining “Deep in the Heart of Christmas” Show.

Dust off your 10 gallon hat and boots and join the excitement, 8pm, Saturday December 13 as The Texas Tenors bring their Cowboy charm to the all new Ocean City Maryland Performing Arts Center.

Joining The Texas Tenors will be special guest, The Reminders. The Reminders represent a lifetime of music, having written famous and prize winning songs, recorded and produced all kinds of styles and played on recordings all over the world.  They are Delaware’s premier original Americana band with roots in gospel, blues and country music and the perfect addition to this inspiring show.

Tickets on sale now at the Ocean City Convention Center box office, 410-723-8601 or call Ticketmaster 1-800-551-SEAT.  Prices are $35, $45, and $55. Visit for more show information.  The Texas Tenors Deep in the Heart of Christmas is a holiday show the entire family can enjoy.





(September 17, 2014) – After a busy afternoon on the beach, members of the Ocean City Beach Patrol were preparing to call it a day when one Surf Rescue Technician (SRT) noticed a body boarder in distress in the area of 12th Street and the beach. The SRT quickly called for assistance and immediately entered the water, swimming south toward the distressed swimmer.

At approximately 5:45 p.m., multiple off-duty beach patrol employees responded back to the beach to assist in the rescue. In addition, Ocean City Fire Department rescue swimmers and Ocean City police officers responded to the scene, which unfolded near the area of 9th Street and beach.

The swimmer, a 49-year-old male from Rosedale, MD, was treated on scene and transported by Ocean City EMS to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. “Today is a sad day for the entire Ocean City community,” said Director of Emergency Services, Joe Theobald.  “Throughout the day, our SRT’s were educating the public about the rough surf and dangerous rip currents. Our emergency personnel did an extraordinary job and had they not responded as quickly and professionally as they did, today could have been much worse.”

Due to rough surf and strong rip currents, swimming restrictions are currently in place. Beachgoers should check in with the lifeguard on duty every time you come to the beach and are reminded to keep your feet in the sand until a lifeguard is in the stand. After Labor Day, lifeguards are strategically located along the 10 miles of Ocean City beaches with multiple mobile patrols on duty as well. Lifeguard service continues until Sunday, September 21st.

“We urge our beach patrons to take the time to walk to and swim in front of the lifeguard,” Theobald continued. “Our deepest sympathies are with the two families who lost loved ones today.  We will certainly have them in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”


Ocean City Beach Patrol Responds to Water Rescues Within Blocks

(September 17, 2014) – The Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) and public safety partners responded to two unrelated water rescues this afternoon that occurred within blocks of each other, less than 30 minutes apart. The first swimmer in distress call came into Ocean City Communications at approximately 12:34 p.m. in the area of 17th Street and the beach.  Only minutes later, at approximately 12:50 p.m., a second call was received by dispatchers for assistance in the area of 20th Street and the beach.

The first rescue occurred after three swimmers entered the ocean in the area of 20th Street and the beach and became caught in a rip current, which resulted in them drifting toward the area 17th Street.  Upon observing swimmers in distress, Beach Patrol Surf Rescue Technicians (SRT) immediately entered the water and were able to reach all three of the swimmers.

Ocean City police and fire departments, including the OCFD’s rescue swimmers, also respond to assist. Two of the victims required medical attention and were transported to Atlantic General Hospital (AGH) by Ocean City EMS. The first victim, a 19-year-old male, was transported with non-life threatening injuries; however, the second victim, a 52-year-old male victim from Huntingdon, PA, was pronounced deceased at approximately 1:30 p.m. at AGH.

As the first incident was stabilized, SRTs responded to a separate water rescue in the area of 20th Street.  The second incident was also a result of a rip current. The two victims were brought back to shore by lifeguards and did not require medical attention.

In all, five victims were rescued. Due to rough surf and strong rip currents, swimming restrictions are currently in place. Beachgoers should check in with the lifeguard on duty every time you come to the beach and are reminded to keep your feet in the sand until a lifeguard is in the stand. After Labor Day, lifeguards are strategically located along the 10 miles of Ocean City beaches with multiple mobile patrols on duty as well. Please take the time to walk to and swim in front of the lifeguard. Lifeguard service continues until Sunday, September 21st.


A Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program is scheduled to begin in October 2014; citizens are urged to register now for this free training

(September 5, 2014) – Citizens can make a difference for their families by enrolling in the Community Emergency Response Team course planned to begin in October 2014 at the Ocean City Public Safety Building.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is designed to help citizens help themselves and their families in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Due to the fact that emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately following a disaster, CERT is a free training course that aims to provide citizens with basic information for preparedness and techniques when dealing with emergencies. Training covers basic skills including CPR/AED, first aid, recognizing natural and manmade hazards in our local communities, disaster preparedness such as emergency plans and disaster supply kits, hazardous material emergencies and basic fire suppression.

The CERT course is being offered by the Ocean City Emergency Services Department. This course is offered as part of Ocean City University. Citizens who complete the general studies program through OC University as well as the Citizens Police Academy, can earn a Ph.D by completing the CERT program.

CERT classes begin Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 6:45 p.m. and will run each Thursday evening for seven weeks, ending on November 20, 2014. (There will also be one class on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.) To register or for more information, call Carol Boyles, Ocean City Emergency Services at 410.723.6616 or e-mail her at Additional information can also be found at