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Country singer Ronnie Milsap to headline this weekend's Havre de Grace Seafood Festival

People enjoy a large inflatable crab at Havre de Grace's 34th annual Seafood Festival.
People enjoy a large inflatable crab at Havre de Grace's 34th annual Seafood Festival. (AEGIS FILE PHOTO / Baltimore Sun)

The 35th annual Havre de Grace Seafood Festival, a three-day event that traditionally draws thousands of people to the city, kicks off Friday.

Friday's festivities, which last from 3 to 8 p.m., will feature a concert by longtime country recording artist Ronnie Milsap.

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The festival, put on each year by the nonprofit Havre de Grace Seafood Festival Inc., will be held in Millard Tydings Memorial Park overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.

The Milsap concert is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, according to the festival website, www.hdgseafoodfestival.org.

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Tickets can be purchased by visiting the festival website. Tickets are $175 for inner circle seating in the first three rows, $65 for reserved seating in the next 14 rows, $45 for lawn seating, $55 for general admission seating – those ticket holders can bring lawn chairs, while those with lawn seating tickets can only bring blankets – $550 for 10 reserved seats, $350 for 10 lawn seats or $1,150 for a 25-person party package. A $4 fee is also attached to teach ticket purchase price.

The concert is scheduled to last through 10 p.m. Country singer Risa Binder and Baltimore's School of Rock are also on the bill, according to the festival website.

The Seafood Festival has previously hosted national recording artists such as The Charlie Daniels Band, Oak Ridge Boys and Three Dog Night, who played last year.

Admission to the rest of the festival is free. Visitors also can experience live music throughout the day Saturday and Sunday. The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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A variety of seafood will be available, including specialties from the Chesapeake Bay and beverages supplied by the Anheuser-Busch beer company.

Multiple vendors will also be available, representing state and local agencies, local and regional businesses and community organizations.

Festival visitors can also check out various arts and craft vendors.

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