23rd Annual Springfest Underway In Ocean City

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City is celebrating the start of the season with the 23rd Annual Springfest, the four-day festival filled with arts and crafts, live entertainment and delicious food that began yesterday and runs through Sunday, May 5.

Springfest is located in the Inlet Lot at the south end of Ocean City’s famous Boardwalk. With a continuous variety of musical performances on two stages, Springfest is fun for people of all ages. Admission to the four-day event is free, including all entertainment, with the exception of the headline acts.

One of this year’s headlining acts is Foreigner, a British-American band formed in 1976 by Englishman, Mick Jones in New York City. Foreigner will take the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. In the 80s, they dominated the charts with songs like “Waiting for a Girl Like you,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Urgent” and “I Want To Know What Love Is.” With a career spanning over thirty years, Foreigner continues to release new music and tour. Their music continues to get airplay on popular and classic rock radio. Tickets are sold out.

Country music sensation, Justin Moore will also be preforming as a headliner this year. Taking the stage on Friday, May 3, Moore will be showcasing his #1 hits, such as “Small Town USA” and “If Heaven Wasn’t So Faraway.” Since arriving in 2008, the Arkansas native has stayed on the charts with many other hits including, “Bait a Hook,” “Backwoods” and “Til My Last Day.” His songs reflect his small-town, southern upbringing mixing traditional and hard-rocking country music. Moore has toured with the biggest names in country music, including Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley gaining loyal fans along the way. Tickets are $20 to $45.

Springfest visitors should also bring their appetite. Over 30 food vendors will serve a variety of delicious food, from famous Eastern Shore delicacies to a wide assortment of ethnic food.

Event Entertainment
10 a.m.: Rick K & The Allnighters, Indoor
11 a.m.: Bob Lougheed & The Mystery Train Band, Outdoor
Noon: 21 Horses Band, Indoor
1 p.m.: The Patty Reese Band, Outdoor
2 p.m.: Bob Lougheed & The Mystery Train Band, Indoor
3 p.m.: Rick K & the Allnighters, Outdoor
4 p.m.: The Patty Reese Band, Indoor
5 p.m.: Front Page News, Outdoor
6:30 p.m.: 21 Horses Band, Outdoor
8 p.m: Country Star Justin Moore, Indoor (ticketed event)

10 a.m.: Rick K & The Allnighters, Indoor
11 a.m.: 9 Mile Roots, Outdoor
Noon: J.R. Booker, Indoor
1 p.m.: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwarer Cowboys, Outside
2 p.m.: Sir Rod, Indoor
3 p.m.: 9 Mile Roots, Outdoor
4 p.m.: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys, Indoor
5:30 p.m.: The Reagan Years, Outdoor
8p.m.: Foreigner, Indoor (sold out)

10 a.m.: Big Cam & The Lifters, Outdoor
11:30 a.m.: J.R. Booker, Indoor
12:30 p.m. Anything Goes, Outdoor
1:30 p.m.: Recreation Dancers, Inside
2:30 p.m.: Oh Boy! A Tribute to Buddy Holly, Outdoor
3:30 p.m.: Power Play Band, Indoor
4:30 p.m.: 2U: A Tribute to U2, Outdoor

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.