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Inaugural Wicomico Street Winter Festival slated for Saturday

(Nov. 8, 2013) The Wicomico Street Winter Festival will bring live music, games, homemade crafts and an early appearance by Santa Claus to Ocean City’s streets tomorrow, Nov. 9.

Admission is free to the outdoor festival, which will be on the Wicomico Street block between Baltimore Avenue and the Boardwalk from 4-8 p.m. Any proceeds will go to Donate to Decorate, the Ocean City Downtown Association’s program to bring holiday spirit to the downtown area.

“Locals and families can come down, play games, and see everybody and get together,” said Kevin Gibbs, who organized the inaugural event.

The idea for the Wicomico Street Winter Festival “just evolved,” he said, and he hopes it will bring residents together while raising money to decorate downtown Ocean City for Christmas.

“I really wanted to do something on that block for the bars, and also just to have another event so we can really start decorating the downtown,” he said. “It brings some people downtown. It brightens it up.”

The Wicomico Street festival will feature a craft station for kids to write and color letters to Santa before his meet-and-greet appearance at 5:30 p.m.

Adults can get a head start on Christmas shopping at tables featuring homemade crafts, like paintings and handmade corn hole boards. Or, they can register inside the Cork Bar by 3 p.m. to play in a billiards tournament for a chance to win a $300 pool stick. Registration for the tournament costs $10.

Inside at the Pour House, Cork Bar and the Bearded Clam, festivalgoers can enjoy food and drinks.

The Journey tribute band Eclipse and other live acts will provide musical entertainment throughout the Wicomico Street event. Festival workers will give away 50 free T-shirts and there will be a 50/50 raffle and other gift drawings, Gibbs said.

“With any first-time-type of event like this, we just want it to be a success — to have people come to it and enjoy themselves,” Gibbs said.

Proceeds from the Downtown Association’s Winter Festival will help buy decorations to light up downtown Ocean City for Christmas.  For more information about Donate to Decorate, visit www. downtownassociation.net/donate-to-decorate.

Wicomico Street will be closed to traffic from 12-10 p.m. on the day of the festival. Anyone is invited to attend the free street fair on Wicomico Street from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9.

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