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Amphitheater Project Moves Forward

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DELMAR, Md. (WBOC) - Just a little over a year after its groundbreaking, there's some progress being made on a new concert venue in Wicomico County. The Ampitheater at Heron Ponds in Delmar faced some challenges since the project began in 2012, including rained-out shows and low attendance for some events.

The plans for the project include a large building on Route 54, the concert venue, athletic fields and a restaurant. Owner Doug Marshall said it will be some time before all that happens, so for now he's looking into some different ways to draw the crowds while they wait. 

Marshall said in the last eight months, they've prepared the area for the stands that will hold about 7,000 people and completed the ponds. He says the project has been a learning experience. 

"Through the 2015 season we're still going to use the temporary stages. We'll see how the 2015 season goes then we'll start investing in a more permanent strucutre," said Marshall. "We're certainly learning the hard way how to be in this business. We had some pretty good losses the first year, but we dusted off and we're moving forward without a doubt."

Raymond Eicoltz is part owner of "The Barn," a country store right at the edge of the amphitheater's 110 acres. "I'd like to see it move a little faster," said Eicoltz, talking about the project,"It seems as though he's going about it rather slowly and I'd like to see the crowds come in and everything because it would help the local businesses."

Marshall said he's looking into different ways to bring in people, rather than just concerts. "We're looking at festivals, wine festivals, we would also like to have a pork in the park type event. We would like to make it a festival-themed project, not just concerts."

The amphitheater's last big event of the season is a "Bonfire Night Cruise-in" on November 22 featuring a performance by Josh Pryor. 
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