Saltwater Festival is canceled


Ocean City's Saltwater Festival will not be held this year -- at least, not in the form that visitors have known it, said Leslie Craigle, a public relations representative with the city's tourism department.

"We tried to make it grow, but we never got the audience we needed," Ms. Craigle said.

The decision to cancel the annual Labor Day festival, which had been held for the past seven years, was made by Mayor "Fish" Powell and the City Council, she said.

But end-of-the-summer visitors shouldn't despair; there still will be a celebration that weekend, with dates and entertainment to be announced.

The indoor Convention Center concerts will be continued as well as an appearance by the Golden Knights, the U.S. Army's parachute team. There are also plans to expand the popular air show, Ms. Craigle said.

Forget the outdoor entertainment, arts and crafts booths, and food tents, though. "They just didn't get off the ground," Ms. Craigle said.

"Local people were just too busy at that time of year with their own businesses to get involved."


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