Boardwalk prepares for shoulder season

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - As Labor Day approaches, several businesses along Ocean Boulevard say they have no plan to slow down even as the holiday marks the unofficial end of summer.

"The shriners are coming in September, we have two half marathons coming in," said David Sebok, executive director of the Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation, which has been working for months to lure event organizers into the downtown space during the off season.

Events for the fall include an Oktoberfest, special concerts and mini-marathons, including routes that go right past the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.

"Were excited because I feel like were going to meet more locals, and there are going to be so many events and specials for them," said Deann Sarver, the owner of the Boardwalk Coffee House off of Ninth Avenue North.

The redevelopment corporation also hopes the addition of a new Ferris wheel attraction could lure even more people to downtown Myrtle Beach for the 2011 tourist season.

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