Harbor Day at The Docks returns to Ocean City
WEST OCEAN CITY, Md. – The weather was perfect on Saturday as people of all ages flocked to Sunset Avenue in West Ocean City for Harbor Day at The Docks.
“This is so great for people. The location on the water. The surroundings are beautiful. You can’t go wrong coming here,” says Ronald Rasquariello, a Worcester County resident.
“Harbor Day at The Docks is maritime heritage festival that we are excited to bring back here at the West Ocean City commercial harbor,” says Brianna Dix, the marketing program manager for Worcester County Recreation & Parks.
The event was a staple in the community up until 2011 but it’s been gone since then. Now county officials decided to bring it back this year. “It’s a festival highlighting the maritime culture and the history of all the fishermen what they do and how they make a living,” says Dix.
From a deep sea fishing simulator to hands on activities to music and of course food there was a little bit of everything for people to enjoy, while possibly learning something new in the process. “How to cut a fish, how to hook a fish and a lot of things going on for kids to which is great,” says Pasquariello.
Events like this are crucial during the off season helping to reel people in to the resort town. “I think something like this come mid October is something festive for the locals in the area also for people coming out of state kind of highlighting what’s going on in the back streets of Ocean City,” says Dix.
Locals say they’re excited to see the event become a tradition once again. “I think it’s an excellent idea to do it every year I think it will start drawing bigger and bigger crowds once everyone knows it’s here again,” says Pasquariello.
Officials add that volunteers play a big part in making the event possible. Organizers are already planning next year’s Harbor Day at The Docks which they’re looking to hold on Saturday, October 17th.