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Most of the attention at this weekend's Dew Tour in Ocean City is on the pro-athletes pulling high flying tricks in one of the massive stadiums built right on the beach.

But for the past two weeks, those stadiums have been erected from the sand up, and most of the workers doing the heavy lifting have been locals.

Dew Tour Vice President Chris Pabrylo says pulling off two weeks of buildup and a week of teardown of enough steel and equipment to fill 50 tractor-trailer trucks would be absolutely impossible without the paid locals.

"The local force probably outnumbers the people we bring by 3 or 4 to 1; they are definitely critical to this," he says.

Work of any kind is much needed by many of these temporary Dew Tour employees, as Worcester County's unemployment rate hovers around 10 percent, which among the highest in the state.

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