(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 http://oceancitymd.gov/Recreation_and_Parks/specialevents.html.