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Weird Contests, Miss Ocean City Pageant This Week

Aug. 17-19: WEIRD CONTEST WEEK continues with That's The Way The Cookie Crumbles, your opportunity to chew a work of art out of a huge Chocolate Chipper provided by Wards Pastry. The contest begins 11 a.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Entry is free. There are categories for all age groups. Prizes are awarded. Highlight of the morning will be the presentation of the first IMMY Award set for 11 a.m. just before the contest starts. The IMMY is a Celebration of the Imagination and is given to a person who uses his or her imagination for a good cause. The first winner will be Jerome “Jerry” Lukas of Virginia, a noted cartoonist and commercial artist. Lukas is on the road much of the time and when at airports, restaurants,... Read More

Jerome Lukas to get First Immy Award During Weird Week

REMINDERS Aug. 11: Ocean City's 102nd BABY PARADE is set for Thurs., Aug. 11 starting 10:15 a.m. Route is from 6th to 12th Sts. on the Boardwalk. The Baby Parade will be followed by the popular TWINS CONTEST starting 6:30 p.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Registration is 6 p.m. There are divisions for all age groups. Entry is free. Prizes will be awarded. Aug. 15-19: WEIRD CONTEST WEEK has been held in Ocean City for 17 years and will be held once again Aug. 15-19. It features a series of “Wacky But Not Tacky” free competitions 11 a.m. daily at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. I am constantly surprised by the imaginative entries: A Ferris Wheel sculpted out of Salt Water Taffy, Elvis in French Fries, the Eiffel Tower made out of... Read More

Boardwalk Art Show This Weekend, Baby Parade Aug. 11th

The 49th Annual BOARDWALK ART SHOW is set for Fri. to Sun., Aug. 5-7. Show hours have been extended and are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Arts Center Director, Rosalyn Lifshin says now artists will be able to exhibit in front of thousands of evening visitors. Pottery, handmade furniture and sculpture have been added to the show in addition to oil and acrylics. The exhibit offers visitors an opportunity to purchase outstanding artwork minus gallery commissions. Aug. 4-6: The popular ART OF SURFING Exhibition is set for the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, with hours 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thurs. and noon till 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat. This free show features original art from surfing’s biggest names, plus live music and a... Read More

Crabby Miss Crustacean About to Claw Her Way Into Ocean City

August 3: The Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant, an event eagerly anticipated by crabs and their best friends alike, is set for 1 p.m., Wed., Aug. 3rd at the 6th St. Beach. Entry is free. Registration starts at noon. The contest is sanctioned by NASCRAB, the National Assn. of Crab Activities at the Beach, an Ocean City Organization. Several years ago Ocean City was contacted by Virginia Beach, Va. asking permission to run a similar event and was granted a franchise. Past winners of Miss Crustacean include Crabopatra, an exotic Egyptian Crab, Copa Crabana, a sultry show girl crustacean, Crab Salad, Taxi Crab and Pirates of the Crabibbean. The winner waddles down a flower bedecked runway while adoring throngs sing “Here It Comes, Miss Crustacean.” She is also awarded the Coveted, Cucumber Rind... Read More

Ferko, Glenn Miller, Philippines Tribute This Weekend

July 21: The World Famous Ferko String Band will perform 8 p.m., Thurs., July 21 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets are $12, available at the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248. Formed in 1922, the Ferko String Band established the most successful record of wins in the history of the Philadelphia Mummers Parade. The Band has strutted away with first place 20 times and placed in the top five an amazing 82 out of 88 parades. Today the Band is as strong as ever with over 90 members ranging from 50 to 80 years of age. From New York to France, New Orleans to Italy, Texas to Hong Kong and all points in between Ferko has wowed audiences with its unique music and costumes. The band has a series of hit... Read More

Night in Venice Parade Sails into the City this Weekend

July 16: The Night In Venice Parade is set for 7:30 p.m., Sat., July 16 starting at the Longport Bridge and concluding at Tennessee Ave. Expect a smaller boat Parade and fewer decorated homes this year. It will still be an impressive sight but the Recession has prompted many to forgo the expense of decorating and fueling boats. Some home owners, too, have been hesitant about scheduling parties and decorating. In spite of that there will be well over 140 decorated homes. Night In Venice has been held every year since its inception in 1954. It has never been cancelled by the weather, real or financial. Recognizing that there are families in the area who are in financial need, the Night In Venice Committee will divert $500 of its prize money to... Read More

It’s Less Than Two Weeks Till Night in Venice. Register Now For Contests!

July 16: NIGHT IN VENICE is early this year: July 16, less than two weeks away. It’s time to register your boat or home for the annual competition. The Boat Parade begins 6:30 p.m. by the Longport Bridge and ends at Tennessee Ave. Optional theme this year is Broadway on the Bay. Entry is free. There will be cash prizes for all who enter boats plus trophies for boat winners and best decorated homes. Boat participants will receive $50 cash cards to enhance decorations providing they finish the Parade. Plus boat captains will be given a special gift and all boat owners will receive a free photo of their boat. All boat and home entrants will be given a decorative mug featuring the Broadway theme. Grand... Read More

City to Celebrate Fourth of July with Bike Parades, Music and More

July 4th Weekend: A giant fireworks display, two colorful bike parades, a Broadway staged performance of Music Man and a Kite Flying Contest will highlight the City’s July 4th weekend events. The weekend kicks off on Sun., July 3 with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra and the Ocean City Theatre Company presenting theMusic Man. The show is set for the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave., on Sun., July 3 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be performances on July 5-6 at 7:30 p.m. plus a matinee on Wed., July 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the Music Pier Box Office,609-525-9248 or from www.ocnj.us. Two Bike Parades are set for July 4th. The South Ocean City Parade begins at 40th and Asbury Ave. at 10 a.m. with registration starting at 9... Read More


(June 24) Ocean City Exchange Club CRAFT SHOW, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Music Pier Pavilion, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. For vendor information, call 610-368-6656. (June 24) ROCK THE BOARDS 3 Concert, South Jersey's Bound By Nothing hosts music showcase starting 5 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The show will feature some of the area's top original musical artists from different genres in a family- friendly atmosphere suitable for all ages. Visitwww.freshfromthevine.com or call             856-357-0000      . (This phone number is correct) (June 25) The Ocean City Sailing Foundation will hold an Open House, Sat., June 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bayside Center, 525 Bay Ave. In addition to free sailboat rides, all of the Foundation's boats will be on display and instructors will answer questions about the sport of sailing and available classes. (June 25) The World Renowned Philadelphia... Read More