Ocean Park's Heritage Festival rebuilding after year's layoff

<I>KEVIN HEIMBIGNER photo</I><BR>Sharon VanHeuit spins sheep's wool at the Heritage Festival at Sheldon Field Saturday.

OCEAN PARK-The 2005 Ocean Park Heritage Festival returned to Sheldon Field Labor Day weekend after a year's hiatus, but was less attended and had fewer vendors and exhibits than the 2003 event.

The festival was not held last year due to construction on the Ocean Park School. According to Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce President Sue Madsen, "The lack of continuity hurt."

Many vendors and guests including the black powder musket group made other plans last year to visit other festivals over the Labor Day weekend and did not return to Ocean Park in 2005.

"We will build the Heritage Festival back to where it was," Madsen said. "We want to have more things to do with the area's history at the festival."

A weaver and making soap the old-fashioned way were highlights of this year's festival. Those who did attend enjoyed live music, were able to participate in the Beach Baron's engine raffle, and had a chance to sample some of the local vendor's foods.

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