SunFest cancelled, Ocean City Council looks at alternative ideas

OCEAN CITY, Md. – After a successful 2020 Ocean City Air Show, town officials say they were hoping to see the same result with SunFest. “The local businesses would really like to see something happen in town. The Air Show was sort of a saving grace because we’ve lost a lot of events up to this point,” said Director of Special Events Frank Miller.

But Monday night – Ocean City Council voted to cancel SunFest. Now ideas are on the table to fill that gap with an event called SunLite, which would include activities throughout Ocean City. “It doesn’t replace SunFest, but it does come in on the dates of SunFest. The event idea allows people to not congregate in one location, but move around the south end of town,” said Miller.

Ocean City Council members say that more planning is needed to get the event going in just six weeks. That includes getting people interested and businesses on board. “This is a call out to the public who chooses to participate – to support this socially distanced revised Sun Lite. But also the businesses. We’re going to need their support,” said Council member John Gehrig.

Mayor Rick Meehan says a big part of figuring out how SunLite would work involves considering how much the event would cost the town. “If you can get the commitment from vendors who want to come and take up those areas and they’re paying the comp and setting up their own tent or whatever it is they’re going to utilize, then that takes away an awful lot of cost,” said Mayor Meehan.

Over the next two weeks city officials will work to make connections with local business owners and get them onboard for SunLite. Council members say that they’re going to hold off on dedicating any funds to Sun Lite – until they can figure out if the town’s special events director can make the event happen.

To see Monday’s Ocean City Council agenda packet, click here.

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