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Possible Replacements for Salisbury Festival

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SALISBURY, Md. - After 32 years, the Salisbury Festival is no more.  The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce announcing the festival would not return in 2015.  However, the chamber and one other local organization are already working on plans for new events to take the festival's place.

The festival was originally called the Dogwood Festival. It began in the 1980s when the Salisbury-Wicomico Arts Council held an event called "Arts on the Plaza." It highlighted Salisbury and featured local artists.

Over the years the Salisbury Festival has brought hundreds of thousands of people to the downtown area. It has also helped local non-profit organizations raise money and provide fun-filled activities.

The news of the festival's cancellation came as a shock to some in Salisbury.

"Well that's sad because we don't have too much as it is in Salisbury," said Angela Clady of Salisbury.

Other believed the time may be right for something new.

 "If people were bored with it, maybe they need something new, something fresh.  Something maybe a little bit more family oriented.  I think it was kind of oriented to the kids," said Becky Lewis of Salisbury.

Something new and fresh could be in the works.  Officials at the Salisbury Area of Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday they are already working on plans for a new event in downtown Salisbury that would take place in October.  That event is tentatively titled, "Fire on the Water."  Members of the Salisbury Jaycees also confirmed on Tuesday that the Jaycees are formulating plans for a community event of their own.  The hope is to hold this event in late April, possible the same weekend the Salisbury Festival is normally held.  If these plans come together, some in Salisbury have ideas on what they'd like to see.

"I like the art.  Of course, I don't know about the kids, they like the face painting and all that kind of stuff.  So, just something that would just get a lot of people involved.  Something more up to date," Lewis said.

The chamber said in a statement that it would like to "sincerely thank all of those that made the Salisbury Festival possible, including past festival chairpersons and planning committees, the City of Salisbury and Wicomico County, event sponsors, volunteers, vendors, entertainers, and hundreds of other businesses, organizations, and individuals that helped to make a festival that has become a community tradition on the Eastern Shore."

WBOC also asked Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce officials about the Delmarva Chicken Festival, an event that ended on the peninsula last summer.  Those officials said nothing will be happening this year but plans are "on the drawing board" for 2016.


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