Sidewalk vendors, live entertainment, horse and pony rides, and more will flood the streets of downtown Pocomoke on Saturday, April 16 for the third annual Downtown Pocomoke Spring Festival.
Two blocks of Market Street in downtown Pocomoke, Md. will be closed off on Saturday making room for a stage to house live entertainment and music, including all three Pocomoke school choirs, dancers from Dance Loft, Pocomoke Karate & Judo Inc., as well as Neal Hooks and Heroes 4 Sale.
Karah Lacey, downtown project coordinator for the city of Pocomoke, says the event is hosted by the Downtown Pocomoke Association and each year has been a huge success.
“A long while ago downtown Pocomoke held a pear tree festival, an event downtown when the pear trees started to bloom. When I was hired with the city, I started helping to bring events to downtown and to bring life back to downtown. I figured downtown Pocomoke holds a fall festival so why not one in the spring?”
This year the festival added a few new components.
There will be river cruises running every hour as well as a ‘Hooked on Fishing’ program held from 1-3 p.m. on the docks, offering up rods and bait for the youngsters. A few events coming back to the festival include the Passport to Pocomoke Game, face painting, kid crafts, free admission to downtown Pocomoke’s local museums and antique car cruisin’.
“During the Passport to Pocomoke game, kids pick up their passports, travel to businesses downtown, get their passports stamped at each of the businesses and receive treats on the way. We usually have about 250 kids play the passport game.”
Lacey says the biggest thing people should know before coming to the event is it’s family-friendly. There’s fun for every age, ranging from really small children to adults. Not only is this an event a way to get people together and create a sense of community, it’s also a good chance for residents and guests to see what Pocomoke has to offer.
“Just getting people downtown to see what we have here, there’s a lot going on. Downtown Pocomoke has three museums…and a theater. Not many downtowns have three museums and a theater.”
To learn more about the event and what’s happening in Pocomoke City, go to downtownpocomoke.com.
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