Firefighters and first responders from across Maryland will descend on Ocean City from June 15 to 21, 2019, for the Maryland State Fireman’s Association Annual Convention and Conference. MSFA’s 127th gathering features a week of intensive training, education and official association business.
But Convention week in Ocean City, MD, is also a time to relax and celebrate the contributions of those who provide volunteer fire, rescue and emergency medical services in Maryland. The entire team at Vantage would like to thank and welcome Maryland’s community heroes and their families. We’re making it easier to plan a great vacation around your time in Ocean City with an overview of the many fun activities on tap for the week.
Sunday: Treasure Hunt
You don’t have to be a serious collector to appreciate the unique items for sale and trade during the Fire and EMS Memorabilia Flea Market. Patches, pins, antique gear, rare toys—you never know what you’ll find at this year’s flea market, taking place in the OC Convention Center Performing Arts Center Lobby.
Monday: Family Fun at Jolly Roger
Monday night is playtime with a special MSFA family event at Ocean City’s famous Jolly Roger Amusement Park on 30th Street. One price gets you unlimited thrills with rides for all ages, unlimited chances for victory at mini-golf on two challenging courses and unlimited adrenaline boosts on the go carts at Speedworld.
Tuesday: Bulldogs and Bulls
Mack Trucks, an icon of American manufacturing, has contributed mightily over the past century to the evolution of firefighting apparatus. You’ll have your chance to see historic and modern models up close during the Mack Fire Truck Rally Tuesday afternoon in the Convention Center North parking lot. When the sun goes down, saddle up for the 10th Annual Brotherhood Block Party at Cowboy Coast, hosted by the Ocean City FOOLS (Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society). It’s an unforgettable night of live entertainment, dancing, food and drink specials—and did we mention Maryland’s largest and most realistic mechanical bull? This event supports the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Wednesday: Join the Parade
Midweek brings a favorite tradition among conventioneers and anyone lucky enough to be in town—the MSFA Parade in Downtown Ocean City. Parade participants line up in the Inlet parking lot and continue on a route between 16th and 30th Streets on Baltimore Avenue. Who was the best of the best? Find out during a ceremony awarding prizes and trophies at the OC Convention Center.
Thursday: Run Yourself Ragged
The OC FOOLS are at it again, this time sponsoring the 5th Annual Hair of the Dalmatian 5K to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Runners and walkers will start and end at the Firefighter Memorial on the Boardwalk. Thursday afternoon, it’s MSFA Family Day at Frontier Town Water Park & Mini-Golf [in nearby Berlin, MD. The little ones can cool off in the shallow Western-themed wading pool and Splash Pad, while the bigger kids (and parents) swoosh through the twists and turns of three new waterslides. If you have anything left in the tank, head down to enjoy unlimited rides during MSFA Family Night at the Boardwalk Pier!
Friday: Hit the Links
Ready for some friendly competition? MSFA’s 27th Annual Golf Tournament begins with a shotgun start at 0800 at Eagles Landing Golf Course—an Ocean City, MD, favorite which Golf Digest has rated “Best in State.” This is a best-ball format where everybody wins, thanks to the complimentary breakfast bar and lunch at Assateague Crab House.
Stay Close to It All
Your 2019 MSFA Convention week in Ocean City, MD, will be one to remember when you choose the right accommodations for your whole crew. Vantage is happy to help you find a vacation rental that keeps you close to the MSFA Convention action and offers plenty of room for everyone. Just get in touch with one of our reservation specialists at 410-723-2002 and we’ll get started. You can also browse vacation rentals and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com. Booking direct through Vantage ensures you get the lowest possible rates.
Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.