Shown above is one of Chris Maxa's "Boardwalked" creations — art created from a piece of Ocean City's boardwalk.
When Berlin, Md. native Chris Maxa heard the Ocean City Boardwalk was going to be completely torn up and rebuilt a few years back, he thought, what are they going to do with all that wood? Hence, the creation of his new artistic venture Boardwalked.
"I transfer photographs and make different games out of the recycled boardwalk wood," he explains.
Maxa is one of nearly a hundred vendors set up in booths underneath the big top-like tents at this year's 23rd annual Springfest celebration in Ocean City. He says the exposure he got last year to the tens of thousands of people who came, basically put his idea on the map.
"It was actually the springboard that got me going," he says. "Springfest was really the event that gave me the confidence and the feedback to really get this project off the ground.
So for the people walking around Springfest this weekend, listening to music, and snacking on various delicacies on a stick, they should remember that they can quite literally, take a piece of your ocean city experience home with you.