OV Homecoming Festival & Craft Fair set for this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: Kids climb the rock wall that was present during a past Ocean View Homecoming event.Coastal Point • File Photo: Kids climb the rock wall that was present during a past Ocean View Homecoming event.This weekend, the Town of Ocean View will host its annual Homecoming Festival & Crafts Fair.

Homecoming will take place on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in John West Park. The free event features a wide variety of activities for kids, including a rock wall, inflatables and carnival rides.

“The mayor will open the event with the national anthem before we raise the flag and welcome everyone to the event,” said Ocean View Town Manager Dianne Vogel.

Vogel said that, along with a D.J. providing musical entertainment, there would be more than 40 crafters attending this year’s festival.

“They’re very diverse this year, so we’re very excited about that,” she said.

Mr. Softee ice cream will be served, while Hocker’s BBQ will be on site, selling its foods.

“Hocker’s is very excited to be the solo food vendor this year. He will be providing crabcakes, barbecue and many different things that we haven’t done in the past.”

The event was originally started in the early 1900s, as a way for townspeople to come together and reconnect with those who left town. The event took a sabbatical of sorts in intervening years but returned in 2010 with the help of the Ocean View Historical Society, and is now a Town-organized event.

“The Ocean View Historical Society will be in attendance, with the historic buildings open, and have planned several activities as well,” added Vogel.

The event is sponsored by Fulton Bank, Lyons Companies, Morris James Wilson Halbrook & Bayard LLP and the Sussex County Council.

Free shuttle service from parking at Mariner’s Bethel, Ocean View Church of Christ and Ocean View Presbyterian churches will be provided to attendees who choose not to walk to the park.

Vogel said the Town hopes the community attends the family-fun event and enjoys the company of their neighbors.

“We hope the sun will be with us this Saturday for Homecoming,” she added.