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Springfest Kicks Off in Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- The 25th Annual Springfest is back in Ocean City. An opening ceremony was held early Thursday morning.

The tents are up, the vendors are out , and people from all over the region have converged on the resort town. Springfest, a four-day event  filled with food, fun and free entertainment drew more than 100,000 last year over the course of several days.

Darlene Sanders and her husband traveled from Pennsylvania for the event. She said they come every year.

 “We come for the entertainment,” she said. “ We like the arts and crafts , and  we sit and listen to the entertainment mostly."

Town Mayor Rick Meehan said the festival grows every year.

"Springfest is a great way to kick off the spring and summer season here in Ocean City,” Meehan said. “We've got some great entertainment,[and] the food is always fabulous."

Lauren Pinder worked at Mick's vendor , which specializes in gourmet seafood soups. Pinder is back for her second year.  

“It is a beautiful event down here, and we did absolutely great last year selling our soups,” Pinder said.

The festival has four tents: two filled with arts and crafts displays, one with food and another is exclusively for entertainment.

From ceramics to fragrant pottery and hanging water gardens, there is something for everyone. David Emmons explains how people can use his unique creation. No mossy soiled pot is required to grow the plants, only water, air and light, according to Emmons. 

"People can go home, hang them on their curtain rods; on their kitchen window," he said. "It's a place to grow your plants," Emmons said.

Entertainment is free, expect for headline acts. Tonight, a cover band, “Beatlemania Again” will perform at 7 p.m. Country Star Vince Gill will perform tomorrow, but his show is sold out. It is the same case for rock legends, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, who will perform Saturday.

The first 500 mothers to arrive at Springfest Sunday, Mother's Day, will get a free carnation and button.

The event will run from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. through Saturday. Sunday, the festival ends at 6 p.m.

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