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Gifts galore at 31st annual Holiday Shopper’s Fair in resort

(Nov. 29, 2013) The Holiday Shopper’s Fair is back, bringing gifts from handbags and candles to toys, nautical-themed items and presents for pets to the 41st Street convention center today, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 1.

The 31st annual fair will host more than 200 vendors from Ocean City locals to retailers from as far as Wisconsin, organizer Melanie Collins said.

“There will be lots of different handcrafted Christmas gifts,” she said. “We have different kinds of sports memorabilia. We have ornaments, clothes, accessories, handmade baskets, jewelry and fashion accessories, and baked goods for you or your pet.”

Old favorites such as Dot Robinson’s ceramics and Pooley Glass Engravers’ glass engraving done while you shop will be back. Glittery & Gold jewelers, Pink Frog Designs and Everything That Glitters will be among local vendors at this year’s fair.

Besides shopping, visitors have a chance to win raffle prizes including fine art, ornaments, gift certificates to various  booths, sample packs of gourmet foods and much more every half hour.

There will be face painting and games for kids. Parents can bring their own camera to take photos with Santa, who will be at the fair from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Non-shoppers can take a break in the television room anytime during the fair.

Nonprofits Delmarva Cat Connection and Town Cats will be present at the Holiday Shopper’s Fair. Visitors can get started on the adoption process or purchase arts, crafts and other pet-themed gifts at their tables.

The Marine Corps League will collect money donations for Wounded Warriors and Toys for Tots.

The Holiday Shopper’s Fair started in 1983 to help draw visitors to the resort during the winter season. It pulled around 2,000 shoppers with its 66 local vendors that year and “it grew from there,” Collins said.

Last year, the event drew just under 10,000 and should see similar numbers this year, she said.

Admission costs $3 for the entire weekend at the Holiday Shopper’s Fair. Children 13 and under get in free.

The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, today through Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center at 4001 Coastal Hwy.

For more information about the Holiday Shopper’s Fair, call 1-800-OC-OCEAN, 410-289-2800 or e-mail mcollins@oceancitymd.gov.

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