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Ocean City Residents React to Sunfest Date Change

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - Ocean City officials released a statement on Tuesday that they will be moving this year's Sunfest events to October, the festival that was traditionally held in September for 46 years.

The signature event traditionally falls on the third weekend after Labor Day. However, due to the leap year calendar in 2020, the event was scheduled to coincide with an unsanctioned car event.

Local business owners and residents of Ocean City have mixed feelings about this change.

"Sunfest should stay where its been...it's a tradition and people know it's going to be here that weekend. People come from all over, even as far away as Florida and that's when they're used to it being here," says a local Ocean City resident.

Wally Saleh, the owner of OC Dollar Store says this decision has its pros and cons.

"It could be good, it could be bad. They're trying to avoid the H2OI people being in town during the event, but changing it is not really solving the problem with H2O. What happens if the people that come with H2O come around the same time in October," said Saleh. 

Mayor Rich Meehan says they have a responsibility to preserve the signature event, but their biggest responsibility is the safety of the residents and visitors.

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