OC Air Show brings economic boost to resort town
OCEAN CITY, Md. – This weekend people from far and wide will be making their way to Ocean City for the OC Air Show.
“It’ll definitely brings thousands of people to town,” said Shane Vansciver, the manager at Red Red Wine Bar.
“Baltimore, DC, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, all of the neighboring states for sure and these guys are a lot of fun,” said Vansciver.
While these pilots bring in large crowds, local business owners on the boardwalk said they expect a big boost in their sales.
“This is the weekend that everybody beefs up their staff, and we’re like a full go for summer now,” said Vansciver.
“So we’re going to be busy, we’re going to go on wait just like everybody else in town,” said Vansciver.
“It’s the biggest one since Memorial Day,” said Yagmur Karaman, the manager at the Golden Plate Sub Shop.
“We’re hoping to have other good weekends, but this is the biggest most crowded,” said Karaman.
Local business managers like Karaman said on Friday that recent bad weather has brought slower sales. That is why events like the OC Air Show are crucial for the summer season.
“We’re trying to feed our families, and we have a bunch of J-1 kids who are trying to take money home,” Karaman.
“Last week we had three or four rainy days and we were dead, and I had to send kids home and it was terrible, but it’s been pretty good so far so we’re hoping for the best,” said Karaman.
People on Friday said they look forward to the OC Air Show all year long and that they are excited to finally get the summer started.
“It’s very patriotic in nature,” said Chris Dirato, the spokesperson for the OC Air Show.
“All the military acts, it’s family-friendly, so you can bring all your kids out and sit on the beach for hours on end and watch great and talented pilots do what they do,” said Dirato.
The acts booked for this year’s air show can be seen all across Ocean City. For more information how you can enjoy the OC Air Show click here.