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Holiday Shopper’s Fair returns to OC next month

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.


The 30th annual Holiday Shopper’s Fair, set for Nov. 23-25, in Ocean City, will feature art and craft items, hand painted furniture, quilted handbags, ornaments, candles, jewelry, florals and other specialty gift items. The 30th annual Holiday Shopper’s Fair, set for Nov. 23-25, in Ocean City, will feature art and craft items, hand painted furniture, quilted handbags, ornaments, candles, jewelry, florals and other specialty gift items.(Oct. 26, 2012) The whole family will enjoy a visit to the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 23-25, for the 30th annual Holiday Shopper’s Fair.

A visit to this annual shopping extravaganza is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit. This year’s fair features unique gifts for everyone on the shopping list, including art and craft items, hand painted furniture, quilted handbags, ornaments, candles, jewelry, florals and other specialty gift items. Guests will also find toys, pet items and sports-related memorabilia, nautical items, stained glass, country woodcrafts, lighted baskets and ceramics.

Vendors will also offer honey-roasted almonds, homemade fudge and chocolates, dip mixes, assorted cakes and cookies for gift giving.

Nonprofit organizations will also be on hand, including Delmarva Cat Connection with cat/kitten adoptions and art and craft items, and Town Cats with adoptions, puzzles and other gift items for sale. Believe in Tomorrow will sell raffle tickets, and Ocean City Aviation Association will offer T-shirts and aviation items.

Special programs have been organized for children’s entertainment to celebrate the season. More hands-on crafts will be offered this year for children and these activities are included in the price of admission to the show. Back by popular demand is Lady J with arts and crafts, face painting, “balloonatics” and new games. Jean LaBelle of the Magical Puppets Theater will be performing three puppet theater performances on Friday and Saturday, and two on Sunday. Santa will make daily appearances from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Door prize drawings will be held every hour on the half hour (must be present to win). And for non-shoppers, a television room will be open showing football games.

The Holiday Shopper’s Fair was started in 1983 as a part of the effort to bring visitors to the resort in the shoulder season. The first show attracted 2,000 people with 66 vendors displaying gifts, arts and crafts and more. This year’s show will feature more than 200 vendors with an estimated 10,000 people visiting the three-day tradition.

Show hours are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission costs $3 for the weekend. Children 13 and younger are admitted free. For more information, call 1-800-OC-OCEAN or 410- 289-2800.

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