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First Night Celebration is Just Around the Corner

Ocean City’s gala New Year’s Eve celebration, FIRST NIGHT, is just three and a half weeks away. First Night admission buttons are now on sale for $15. The price will be raised to $20 on December 15. The event offers professional family entertainment from 4 p.m. until midnight with a giant fireworks display scheduled to welcome the New Year.

This is the BEST ENTERTAINMENT VALUE AT THE JERSEY SHORE. Admission buttons are available now at: the City Hall Welcome Center, 9th and Asbury Ave.; the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Ninth Street Causeway; and at Stainton’s, 810 Asbury Ave.  Welcome 2017 in a safe non-alcoholic environment. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or access www.firstnightocnj.com, where you will find the entire entertainment schedule and also be able to purchase buttons online.

Entertainment includes Salazar Magic and a tribute to Neil Diamond at the Music Pier, inflatables and the Fabulous Greaseband at the Civic Center, and rides at Wonderland Pier. The lineup also includes ice skating adjacent to the Civic Center, Pinkalicious and Let’s Rock  in the Ocean City High School auditorium, Japanese Drummers and the Juliano Brothers in the high school gym, popular magician Chad Juros in the high school auxiliary gym, Andrew Hink, the Billy Tucker Trio and Carl Howell’s folk and rock music in the high school Community Room.  The high school observatory will be open for the public to view the night sky.

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Christmas Parade, Holiday Dash, Train Show this Weekend

Whats Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/30/16

(Dec. 2) Ocean City's annual CHRISTMAS PARADE will start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Route will be from 6th Street to 11th Street on Asbury Avenue. It will include the Ocean City High School Marching Band, Pitman High School Marching Band, Pennsport String Band, Absegami High School Marching Band, and the Original Hobo Band of Pitman.  Erica Reichert, Collegiate Miss Majorette of N.J. and featured Rutgers University baton twirler, will be a special guest. The parade has more than 50 entries. Emcee is former Miss Philadelphia, Ocean City resident and recording artist Julia Rae! Julia's original song, "Be That Girl," is the theme song for the major motion picture "The Greening of Whitney Brown," starring Aidan Quinn, Brooke Shields and Kris Kristofferson. Julia has appeared on Radio Disney, sung at Major League Baseball games, has been a featured singer in the ABC Thanksgiving Day Parades for eight years and was a solo performer in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood.

There will be an array of colorful entries accompanying Santa Claus, who will ride into town via horse-drawn carriage.  There will also be floats and costumed characters in the event. After the Parade Santa will meet youngsters at the gazebo, in Mark Soifer Park, across from City Hall and pose for photos. 

EVERY FRIDAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS: stores on Asbury Ave. will be open every Friday till 8pm till Christmas!

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Downtown Christmas Celebration this Friday 2016

(Nov. 25) OUR MIRACLE ON ASBURY AVENUE, also known as Christmas in the Downtown, includes a warm and entertaining time in our award-winning downtown from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on "Black Friday." The event, billed as "An Old-Fashioned Holiday Christmas," will feature carolers, a string band quartet, an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic and performers from the Ocean City Theatre Company. Santa Claus will emerge from the rooftop of City Hall to cap the festivities with the lighting of the City Hall Christmas Tree. Downtown stores will offer an array of gifts for Christmas and the many, fine Asbury Avenue restaurants will be open. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. for more information.

EVERY FRIDAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS: stores on Asbury Ave. will be open every Friday till 8pm till Christmas!

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Earlier than the Bird Event and Craft Show this Weekend

(Nov. 19)  EARLIER THAN THE BIRD in the downtown runs from 8 a.m. till noon. Enjoy the savings and fun. Shop in your pajamas for a chance to win a free turkey for best dressed. Enjoy free coffee at Jon and Patty’s Bistro (637 Asbury Ave.), Ocean City Coffee Company (9th and Asbury) and Starbucks (11th and Asbury). Register while you shop for a chance to win $150 in gift certificates from downtown merchants. There will be horse-and-carriage rides from noon to 3 p.m. in front of City Hall.  For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(Nov. 19-20) CHRISTMAS FINE ARTS AND HANDICRAFT FESTIVAL: Master craftsmen will be featured at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will find quality “Made Only in the USA” products ranging from Christmas décor, ceramics and gourmet foods to jewelry, fine art, toys and much more. Proceeds from a $3 donation and rental fees benefit the Ocean City Food Cupboard and Atlantic City Rescue Mission. There will be free parking at the 6th St. lot. Call (609) 365-2239 or 1-800-822-4112.

(Nov. 17-19) THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER: The Ocean City High School Drama Guild presents the popular comedy in three acts by George S. Kauffman and Moss Hart directed by Don Toal Jr. Shows are 7 p.m. Nov.17, 18 and 19 plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 19. All performances are at the Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Ocean City High School Box Office at (609) 399-1290 ext. 1422 or may be purchased at the door.

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Veterans Day and Quiet Festival this Week

(Nov. 10) QUIET FESTIVAL: Opening ceremonies will be held at noon at Mark Soifer Park across from City Hall, 9th Street and Asbury Avenue. The event features unique quiet entertainment including the inspirational “Yawn Along” to the tune of “Beautiful Dreamer,” Doug Jewell (“The Quiet Pirate”) with kites and bubbles galore, the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band, Nancy Fox (“The Quiet Soprano”),  a yoga demonstration, quiet poetry, paper airplanes with Ken Thorpe and crew, and more. All in attendance will receive an “I Survived the 2016 Presidential Campaign” certificate to celebrate the conclusion of the noisy, unsettling event and the Quiet Festival’s soothing programs that are assisting in the recovery from weeks of hassle. Admission is free.

(Nov. 11) VETERANS DAY PROGRAM in Ocean City at a NEW LOCATION, 11 a.m. in the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. For more information, call (609) 399-6111.

(Nov. 12) The QUIET PET CHALLENGE of the Quiet Festival starts 10 a.m. in the Senior Center at the Ocean City Community Center, 18th Street and Simpson Avenue. It is free and a good time for folks of all ages. This is the area’s only contest for mice, hamsters, turtles, rabbits, etc. Entrants will be judged in the following categories: most unusual pet, liveliness, best decorated display/habitat, superhero themes and anything else the judges deem worthy. Ribbons will be awarded and there will be a Best of Show trophy. Also the public is invited to display a favorite Teddy Bear. The Turtle Singers will display and organize a “Hare and Tortoise Race.” Jerry Lukas will draw free personalized cartoons for visitors, and Doug Jewell will demonstrate quiet toys. Ken Thorpe and crew will demonstrate how to make and fly paper airplanes. There will also be a “Snore at the Shore” contest for gentle snorers. Quiet Festival “I Survived the 2016 Election Campaign” certificates will be distributed as souvenirs. Call (609) 399-6111 for information. All events are FREE.

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TRAIL OF TWO CITIES TURNS 21 ON SATURDAY

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/3/16

The Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk over the 9th Street Causeway, an Ocean City-Somers Point tradition for 21 years now, returns on Saturday, Nov. 5. When the race started, Nick Regina, who later founded the South Jersey Jazz Society, was public relations director of Somers Point. He called me and suggested the two communities hold an event together.

I thought this was a good idea. Running was gaining popularity at the time. So I suggested a run/walk over the old 9th Street Causeway. It would appeal to both runners and walkers alike and we could call it the “Trail of Two Cities.” The causeway, which was closed to pedestrians and bicycles at the time, would be closed to traffic for an hour or so, and walkers could take photos.

The Trail of Two Cities is jointly organized by the Ocean City Recreation Department and the Somers Point Education Foundation. Proceeds help fund projects for both groups. The event steps off at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Ocean City Transportation Center with the finish line at John F. Kennedy Park in Somers Point.

Pre-registered shirt and number pickup is available Fri. Nov. 4 at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Awards will be presented to the first-place male and female finishers and to the top two runners in each age group. Awards ceremony will be held at Kennedy Park after the race.

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Welcome Night, Halloween Events and More This Week

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/27/16

(Oct. 26) WELCOME NIGHT sponsored by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.  6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. and Boardwalk. This is a NEW LOCATION for this year. Meet local groups, individuals and business organizations. Free admission, door prizes and give-aways from some exhibitors. Plenty of free parking at 6th St. lot.

(Oct. 27) 69th annual HALLOWEEN PARADE by The Ocean City Exchange Club from 6th to 11th streets on award-winning downtown Asbury Ave. starting 7:15 p.m. This Ocean City tradition remains one of the longest-running Halloween parades in the Tri-State area. Late entries may register the night of the parade at 6th and Asbury Ave. beginning at 6:30 p.m.

There will be eight divisions including decorated floats competing for prizes and trophies. Music will be provided by several high school marching bands and the ever popular Original Hobo Band of Pitman, New Jersey. Remember to bring a can of food to the parade. The Boy Scouts are assisting the local Food Cupboard by “Scouting for Food” for those in need. For more information, call the Halloween Hotline at 1-800-813-5580.

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Jr. Miss Pageant, Welcome Night, Halloween Parade Next

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/19/16

Ocean City has three pageants for young women. These include the Little Miss, Junior Miss and Miss Ocean City pageants. The winners of each pageant represent the community during the year at various events, contests and parades. They help to judge contests, pose for photos with visitors and work together. They are a valuable asset to Ocean City.

This Saturday (Oct. 22), the JUNIOR MISS OCEAN CITY PAGEANT will feature 15 contestants competing at the William and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School, 6th Street and Atlantic Avenue.  Produced by the Ocean City Recreation Department, it invites girls at ages 12 through 15 to compete in judge’s interview, talent, poise, composure and on-stage question. The girls will be vying for more than $3,400 in scholarships and awards. The reigning Junior Miss Ocean City, Paige Aita, will crown her successor.

Little Miss Ocean City Charlotte Erickson will perform as well as Miss Ocean City McKayla Perry, along with former Miss Ocean City Sarah Rodriguez. Tickets are $10 and available at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice, (609) 399-6111, or at the door.  For information, call (609) 399-6111.

(Oct. 22) 49th annual Ocean City FISHING CLUB INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT.  Registration 5:30 a.m.-7 a.m. at the Ocean City Intermediate School, 1801 Bay Ave. Fee:  $60 per team (6 members maximum). Individuals: $15. For more information, call (609) 320-6784 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

(Oct. 26) WELCOME NIGHT sponsored by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.  NEW LOCATION at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. and Boardwalk. Meet local groups, individuals and business organizations. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free Admission. Door prizes and give-aways. Plenty of free parking in 6th Street lot off Boardwalk.

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October Events Roll On In Ocean City, NJ

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/12/16

(Oct. 13) The Ocean City Fire Department and IAFF Local 4032 will hold an OPEN HOUSE at 550 Asbury Ave., 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Everybody in the community is invited to this free event. It will feature a live burn demonstration, a “smoke house” where kids can safely learn to navigate a dark and smoky structure, tours of trucks, “stop-drop-and-roll,” hot dogs and pretzels. (Rain date will be Oct. 14). For information, call (609) 525-9182.

(Oct. 16) MAKING STRIDES WALK AGAINST BREAST CANCER: Check-in begins at

8:30 a.m. in the parking lot at 9th Street and Boardwalk. Walk begins at 10 a.m. For information, go to www.makingstrideswalk.org/OceanCityNJ.

(Oct. 22) 49th ANNUAL OCEAN CITY FISHING CLUB INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT: Registration 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. at the Ocean City Intermediate School, 1801 Bay Ave. Fees: $60 for teams (6 members maximum) and $15 for individuals. Call (609) 320- 6784.

(Oct. 26)  Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce WELCOME NIGHT: New location is at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th Street off Boardwalk. Meet local groups, individuals and business organizations from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free admisson. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

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Block Party Highlights Columbus Day Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/5/16

(Oct. 8) Our annual Indian Summer FALL BLOCK PARTY featuring more than 400 crafters, food vendors, music and more is just a few days away. The event is set from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from 5th Street to 14th Street on Asbury Avenue. Downtown restaurants and stores will be open during the Block Party. 

The Fall Block Party is a rain-or-shine event. 

FIRST NIGHT BUTTONS will be sold at the discount price of $15 at the City’s Downtown Welcome Center at City Hall (use the 9th Street entrance). Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Ocean City with more than 60 First Night events for one low button price.

Block party entertainment runs at intervals between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and includes: free pony rides for children and popular Magician Chad Juros on the Tabernacle Grounds at 6th and Asbury Ave.; the Big Daddy Band featuring Larry Conner and Mike Bracey, 6th and Asbury Ave.; Robert Boney Band at 7th St.; singer Tony DeLuca, at 8th St.; Tina and the Teenettes, rock ‘n roll band, at 9th St.; Tidal Wave at 10th St.;  The Bubba Mac Blues Band at 13th St.; and Keith Hickman at 14th St. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

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Plenty of Fall Events Scheduled for Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/28/16

Ocean City‘s October events range from the Indian Summer Weekend Block Party to the Halloween Parade, a “Nunsense” musical,  Welcome Night, the HERO Walk, a new Chili-Chowder Festival, the Pops’ John Williams Tribute and more.

(Sept. 30-Oct.1) Boardwalk and Downtown MERCHANT TABLE SALES, 6th to 14th Streets on Boardwalk and Asbury Avenue.

(Oct. 1) The JOHN WILLIAMS TRIBUTE concert by the Ocean City Pops that was postponed from Sept. 4 has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier. Customers holding tickets for the Sept. 4 show may use the tickets they already have. Additional tickets are on sale now. For more information or tickets, call (609) 399-6111 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice. On Oct. 1, the Music Pier Box Office is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

(Oct. 2) JOHN R. ELLIOTT HERO WALK: Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Sports and Civic Center at 6th and Boardwalk. The opening ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. The Walk begins at 11 a.m. on the boardwalk at 6th St.  This is a 5K Walk to promote the use of sober, designated drivers and reduce the number of drunken driving tragedies. The HERO Campaign also raises funds for important educational and awareness programs. This is a time to remember those who have been affected by a drunk driver. For more information, visit www.theherowalk.org  or call (609) 626-3880.

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Two Air Shows in Ocean City This Weekend and More

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/21/16

It will be a busy weekend in Ocean City. We will be presenting two air shows and hosting the WALK FOR THE WOUNDED, MS BIKE RIDE and OCNJ HALF MARATHON.

The OCEAN CITY AIRPORT FESTIVAL, the annual free festival at Ocean City Municipal Airport, 26th Street and Bay Avenue, is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. The event features a ground display of unusual airplanes, including a B-25J Mitchell Bomber and TBM Torpedo Avenger. The festival also features the N.J. Pine Barons Radio Controlled Model Airplane Show, a banner pick-up demonstration, a children’s paper airplane contest, an antique car and truck show, “Bubble Mania,” children’s bounce activity, food and more. Helicopter and model airplane rides are available for purchase. Additional parking at Shelter Road with FREE shuttle service provided. For more information, visit www.oceancityvacation.com or call (609) 399-6111.

The BOARDWALK AEROBATIC AIRSHOW returns to Ocean City from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25. Planes can be viewed from the beach or boardwalk between Sixth Street and 14th Street. The show features some of the best stunt pilots and aerobatic champions in the world. Call (609) 399-6111 for more information.

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Hundreds of Corvettes to be on Display Here on Sunday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/14/16

More than 400 Corvettes will be displayed on the Boardwalk from 6th Street to 14 Street on Sunday, Sept. 18. Hours for the free display are 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be a special exhibition in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, with an awards ceremony scheduled at 3:30 p.m. For information, call (609) 457-0081 or visit www.boardwalkcorvettes.com.

(Sept. 15) CAPE-ATLANTIC SEVERE WEATHER CONFERENCE: The City of Ocean City and the Press of Atlantic City will co-sponsor a free event that will provide an opportunity for the public to ask a panel of expert meteorologists and emergency managers about tropical storms, nor’easters and other weather-related issues. The 2016 Cape-Atlantic Severe Weather Conference is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Ocean City Music Pier (Boardwalk between Eighth and Ninth streets). Anybody in southern New Jersey with an interest in the weather is invited to attend and participate.

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September 11th Ceremony Highlights Weekend Events

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/8/16

Ocean City’s annual “A DAY TO REMEMBER” September 11th Ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. in front of the Ocean City Fire Department at 550 Asbury Ave.

(Sept. 11) The Ocean City Pops presents CLASSIC BROADWAY with RICHARD TROXELL 7:30 p.m. at Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.  Tickets $25 at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice; Music Pier Box Office; (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248.

(Sept. 9-10) AUTHOR’S LUNCHEON tickets on sale for annual Author’s Luncheon to be held 11:30 a.m. at the Flanders Hotel on Oct. 6th.  Guest speaker will be best-selling author, Adriana Trigiani.Tickets can be purchased on Fri., Sept. 9th from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 10th from 10 a.m. to noon at the Library Atrium. Cost per ticket is $35. Limit 10 tickets per person. Payment is cash or checks made payable to FVOCFPL, please bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope for mailing of tickets.                          

(Sept. 10) The 42nd annual STREET ROD RALLY will feature colorful, modified cars from 1986 and older. They will be displayed on the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. from 8 a.m. till noon. Then proceed to the Boardwalk and park to 4 p.m. For more information, call (609) 399-6111.

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Ploppers Compete Friday, Many Events to Follow

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/31/16

(Sept. 2) Ocean City welcomes the coming of the fall season with an unusual contest, The King and Queen of Plop, also known as the Mr. Fall Guy and Miss Fall Gal Pageant. Contestants are asked to demonstrate their unusual plops at the 9th St. Beach on Friday at 11 a.m. with registration starting at 10:30 a.m. Entry is free. Entrants are required to perform their plops in slow motion. For information, call (609) 399-6111.

(Sept.4) Ocean City Pops features a JOHN WILLIAMS TRIBUTE! 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets are $25/$20 at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice; the Music Pier Box Office; (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248.

(Sept. 5) OCNJ LABOR DAY RACE: 5 mile beach run, one mile fun run/walk. $20 pre-registration, $25 Race Day. ($10 for 14 years and younger.) Benefits Ocean City recreation scholarships and programs.  Register  www.ocnj.us/Race-Events. For more information, call (609) 398-6900.

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King and Queen of Plop set for Sept. 2

Our annual event to welcome the fall season, THE KING AND QUEEN OF PLOP or Mr. Fall Guy and Miss Fall Gal, will be held on Friday, Sept. 2, starting 11 a.m. at the Ninth Street Beach next to the Ocean City Music Pier. Contestants are asked to greet the fall, always a lovely time of year, by plopping dramatically to the sand in SLOW MOTION. Those performing the most dramatic renditions will be crowned the King and Queen of Plop. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Entry is free. Trophies will be awarded to the King and Queen.

This year we are insisting plopping be performed in slow motion. Anyone ignoring this requirement will be disqualified.

We will welcome back Ryan Carroll of Ocean City, the first King of Plop, who won the title in 2007 when he was 11 years old. Ryan will also be a contest judge along with other celebrity judges. The first Queen of Plop was Jaclyn of Voorhees, who was six when she won the title. Now she is a field hockey player who will be practicing and unable to attend.

Celebrity guest ploppers, who will not be competing for prizes, include vocalist Nancy Fox and her Plopping Diva; Suzanne Muldowney, as Shelly the Mermaid, plopping to a slow-motion dance; Mr. Mature America, who will serenade fair damsels causing them to swoon to the sands; Doug Jewell, the Pirate Plopper; and Nurse Perfect, of Martin Z. Mollusk Fame, who will check the blood pressure of contestants, if necessary. For information, call (609) 399-6111.

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Little Miss Ocean City and Other Events Scheduled

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/17/16

(Aug. 15-19) WEIRD CONTEST WEEK (Wacky But Not Tacky) continues through Friday. “That’s The Way the Cookie Crumbles!” is scheduled for Wednesday. This unusual contest challenges participants to sculpt something interesting out of a giant 12-inch cookie. There will also be an “Ears Looking at You” Wiggle Your Ears Contest. On Thursday, contestants will be asked to sculpt something artistic out of paper clips. The popular contests conclude on Friday with Miss & Mister Miscellaneous, a talent competition for all ages, plus Little Miss and Little Mister Chaos, which requires boys and girls from 3 to 5 years of age to make as much noise as possible by banging on supplied pots and pans.

All contests start 11 a.m. in the loggia of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Entrance is free. Contests are divided into age groups 5-and-under, 6-8, 9-12, Teens and adults. For information, call (609) 399-6111.        

(Aug. 19) The LITTLE MISS OCEAN CITY Pageant will be held starting 7 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Twenty-three young ladies from ages 8 to 11 will compete for the title. Admission is $10. The reigning Little Miss, Sarah Rodriquez, will crown her successor. Contestants will compete in various categories, including talent, poise and a question-and-answer segment.  Tickets available at the Music Pier Box Office: (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248.

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Baby Parade, Miss Ocean City Pageant, Weird Week and More

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/10/16 

One of the season’s premier events, THE 107th ANNUAL OCEAN CITY BABY PARADE, will start at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.  The route is from Sixth Street to 14th Street on the Boardwalk. (Children’s entries only exit at 12th Street.) Last-minute registrations are being taken from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk.  Judging begins at 3:45 p.m. at the same location.

The Ocean City Baby Parade was originally organized by Leo Bamberger, a Philadelphia photo engraver. The first committee consisted of the Philadelphia Commuters Club members, folks who had homes in both Philly and this family resort. Grace Kelly appeared in the parade and baseball legend Joe DiMaggio was grand marshal in 1983.

Parents create elaborate displays to showcase their children, including replicas of airplanes, boats and huge sea shells. All youngsters who participate receive a trophy. Awards are presented to winners in various categories at the 11th St. Pavilion.  Music will be provided by the InterBoro High School Band of Pennsylvania, the colorful Pitman Hobo Band, the Ed Coles Band and the Spotlight Performers of Ocean City Theatre Company. The parade also will include the Crescent Shriners Walking Clown Group.

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Boardwalk Art Show and Baby Parade Coming Soon

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/3/16

(Aug. 5-7) Ocean City’s 54th annual BOARDWALK ART SHOW is set for Aug. 5 to 7 from 8th to 13th Streets on the Boardwalk.  Admission is free. This is an event where buyers can obtain quality art at reasonable prices.  Artwork in the following mediums will be for sale: oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media and photography.

Artists will be displaying their work from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Artists from throughout the country participate in the event. Many offer scenes of Ocean City.

The Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., is featuring abstract mixed media artist, SCOTT TROXELL, in its exhibit hall through August. The event is free and open to the public. Call (609) 399-7628.

The Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave. is featuring a display celebrating “SUMMERTIME” through August.  Admission to the show is free. Artwork is for sale. Call (609) 814-0308. Open every day.

(Aug. 11) Ocean City’s 107th annual BABY PARADE starts 5 p.m. and goes from 6th to 14th Streets on the Boardwalk. (Children’s entries only exit at 12th St.)  There are three Divisions: A - for children in fancy decorated Go-Carts, Strollers; B - Children in comic decorated Go-carts and strollers; C - Small Children’s Floats-measuring more the 3x5 ft. To register, visit the Ocean City Music Pier Information Center or www.ocnj.us/babyparade, or call (609) 399-6111.

All children who participate will receive a small trophy.  Additional awards will be given to the best entries in each division.  The Parade is a treat for spectators as entries are traditionally elaborate and imaginative. Music will be provided by numerous bands including the lively InterBoro High School Band of Pennsylvania and the always entertaining Pitman Hobo Band of Pitman, New Jersey.

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107th Annual Baby Parade Set for August 11

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/27/16

This is the time of year when events kind of sneak up on you. Listen carefully. Do you hear the gurgle of babies and the clickety clack of elaborate displays being rolled down the boardwalk? That’s Ocean City’s 107th Annual Baby Parade and it’s two weeks away!

Ocean City is the only place in the nation that has presented a Baby Parade since 1909. The event is for children 10 years and younger, starts at 5 p.m. and goes from 6th to 14th streets on the Boardwalk. (Children entries only will exit at 12th Street.)

There are three Divisions: Div A: for children in fancy decorated Go-Carts, Strollers; Div B: Children in Comic decorated Go-Carts and strollers; Div C: Small Children’s Floats-measuring more than 3x5 ft. To register, visit the Ocean City Music Pier Information Center, access www.ocnj.us/babyparade or call (609) 399-6111. Div D is welcoming floats from area businesses to register.

Celebrity Grand Marshal will be Kaitlin Becker, co-host of Sprout‘s “Sunny Side Up,” the only live morning show for pre-schoolers, broadcast from NBCUniversal’s 30 Rock Studios in New York City. Kaitlin is a former member of  Ocean City Theater Company having performed in “Anything Goes,”  “Little Shop of Horrors,”  “Hairspray”  and other productions.

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