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Baby Parade, Weird Contest Week, Art Show Here Soon

Ocean City’s 106th BABY PARADE is set for Thurs., (Aug. 13th ) starting 5:30 p.m. Parade Route is from 6th to12th Streets on the Boardwalk. It is the longest, continually running Baby Parade in the country.

Photo engraver, Leo Bamberger, an organizer of Labor Day, founded the Parade in 1909. Children from infants to ten years of age may enter. The colorful event features Divisions of children in fancy decorated Go-carts, Strollers, Coaches, Kiddie Cars, Express Wagons and walking. There is also a Comic Division, Small Floats Division and category for floats entered by businesses and organizations.

The Parade is famous for its creative entries. You may see children dressed as princesses, aviators in crafted planes, Cinderella and even crabs and fish. Rousing music is provided by the Pitman Hobo Band plus a Dixieland Band, Bagpipe Band and others. Nicole Brewer of CBS-3TV is this years Grand Marshal.

Numerous awards are given and each child receives a memento for participating in the Parade. Entry fee is $5 per child. Register at the Music Pier Information Center, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Entry list closes 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug.11th at Information Center. Call (609) 399-6111.

NOTE: The Pamper Scamper, the City’s annual Baby crawling race, is set for (Aug. 11). Registration is 9 a.m., race starts 9:30 a.m. at the 6th Street Beach. For information, call (609) 399-6111.

It’s free. It’s fun. It’s five days of unusual contests for competitors of all ages. That’s WEIRD CONTEST WEEK  set for Mon., (Aug. 10th ) through Fri., (Aug. 14) starting 11 a.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

Here’s the schedule: On Mon., Aug. 10 you are challenged to sculpt something recognizable from saltwater taffy supplied by Shrivers, 9th and the Boardwalk. Ferris wheels, road signs and self portraits have emerged in the past.

Tuesday, an array of French Fries from the Promenade, are plunked into a paper plate.  A sculpture of Elvis playing the guitar was one of the imaginative entries.

Wednesday it’s “That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles.” Participants are presented with a formidable 12 inch in diameter cookie to chomp into a work of art. There’s also an “Ears Looking at You” ear wiggling contest.

Thursday paper clips take over. The Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building and reading glasses have been entries.

Friday, sculpting is abandoned for creative performance. Little Miss and Little Mister Chaos requires children from three to five years of age to make as much noise as possible pounding on pots and pans. They are accompanied by the music of Dire Straits.

The Contest concludes on Friday with the Miss and Mr. Miscellaneous talent pageants. This is for all those who have always wanted to perform in a talent show but somehow missed the bus or got delayed at a Rugby Game. Competition age categories are 5 and under, 6-8, 9-12, teens and adults. For information, call (609) 399-6111.

Ocean City’s 53rd Annual BOARDWALK ART SHOW (Aug. 7-9) is where leading artists from throughout the East Coast show their work. It is an ideal place to buy fine artwork at reasonable prices. Hours are Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Begins in the vicinity of the Music Pier. The Ocean City Arts Center is offering free space to student artists. Call (609) 399-7628 for information. Event was started by Dr. Marcia Smith, James F. Penland and Mayor B. Thomas Waldman.

(Aug. 6) TWINS CONTEST: Prizes for those who look the most alike and least alike. Registration begins 6 p.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Call (609) 399-6111.

(Aug. 6) Ocean City Fishing Club OPEN HOUSE. Come enjoy the great view from the Pier, walk its length, and learn its history with a guided tour. Tour is free, 6 to 8 p.m. at 14th St and Boardwalk location.  Bring dried or canned food for the Ocean City Food Cupboard. For more information, visit www.oceancityfishingclub.com.

(Aug. 8)  EASTERN SURFING Assn. South District Contest #6. Registration at 7th St. Beach begins 7 a.m.  First Heat in the water at 8 a.m. Membership expired? You may renew or join at the beach. (No Wave Date, Aug. 15.) For information visit www.snjsurfesa.org.

(Aug. 8) 40th Annual Boys and Girls SURF FISHING Tournament: 9 a.m. to noon  north end beach adjacent to Longport Bridge. Registration 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Bridge Parking Lot. Fishing 10 a.m. til noon. Parental supervision required. Must bring own bait. Awards in various age groups. Casting and fishing instruction provided. Sponsored by O.C. Fishing Club and O.C. Recreation Dept. (Rain Date, Aug.15.) Call (609) 399-6111 for info.

(Aug. 8) MISS OCEAN CITY PAGEANT, at Music Pier. Sponsored by O.C. Exchange Club. For information, www.ocexchangeclub.org or call (609) 399-6111.

(Aug. 9)  CLASSICS at the POPS: Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster and violinist David Kim plays Bach. Honoring retiring Concertmaster, Olga Konopelsky. Weil Competition Winner Alexander Bui playing Chopin. Harpist Caitlin Mehrtens and flutist Hannah Hammel playing Mozart’s Harp and Flute Concerto. 8 p.m at Music Pier. Sponsored by Dr. Edna and Mr. John Cellucci. Tickets $20/$15. Call  (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(Aug. 11,12,13) SHREK THE MUSICAL fully staged musical featuring the OC Pops and Greater Ocean City Theatre Co. Everyone’s favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-Winning DreamWorks Animation Film. This TONY Award-Winning fairy tale brings all the beloved characters from the film to life on stage and proves there is more to the story than meets the ears. At the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave., sponsored by Gillian’s Wonderland Pier. Show time 7:30 p.m. Tickets Adults $25/Children (12 and under) $20. Call (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(Aug. 14) LITTLE MISS OCEAN CITY PAGEANT at Music Pier 7 p.m. Scholarship Pageant for girls 8 to 11. Must live in or attend Ocean City Schools or be a property owner in Ocean City (parent). Tickets are $10, available at Music Pier Box Office, City Hall Welcome Center or call (609) 399-6111 or www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(Aug. 16)  GUTS & GLORY 5K Run/Walk to benefit Crohn’s & Colitis. Early registration $25 includes t-shirt, day of event $30 registration. Register on line @http://online.ccfa.org/gutsandglory. Chronotrack bib timing-certified course. For information, call (215) 396-9100 ext. 2 or email dhalsey@ccfa.org.

(Aug. 16) OC POPS Musical Masterpieces: Hear the thrilling music featured on the PBS special Downton Abbey featuring vocalist Melinda Whittington and pianist Scott Breiner in the lush and romantic Warsaw Concerto. Sponsored by Ocean City Home Bank. 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets $20/$15. For information call (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

THIS JUST IN: (Aug. 7-8) THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTMAN COUNTY SPELLING BEE, a huge Broadway Hit will run for two performances at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave., Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. The product features the talents of the Ocean City Theatre Company’s Junior Company. Tickets are priced from $15 to $13: access www.ocnj.us/box office or (609) 525- 9248.

Enjoy and Take advantage Ocean City’s Weekly Events

FUNTASTIC TUESDAYS: Held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Asbury Avenue features free balloon sculptors, face painters, fun for the entire family. Also, there are 100 fine specialty stores to investigate. Plus numerous restaurants in the downtown where you can have breakfast or lunch while enjoying the free stuff.

MUMMERS NIGHT: Also on Tuesdays, enjoy Mummers Night on the Boardwalk, with String Bands strutting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy a great evening on Ocean City’s Award Winning Boardwalk. Sponsored by Shriver’s, Ocean Paradise, Prep’s Pizza, and Henry’s.

BEACH WALKS: Also on Tuesdays and Wednesdays take an informative and pleasant guided beach walk for a nominal price. Walk starts at South End Location, 59th and Central Ave. at the entrance to Corson’s Park, Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. There’s a Walk from the north end starting at the Longport Bridge Parking lot (Gardens Parkway) Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Tickets are available on site, Adults $1, Children 50 cents.

FARMERS MARKET: Held at Tabernacle Grounds every Wednesday with crafters on Asbury Ave. at 6th St., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. You can stroll free and buy stuff at economical prices now through Sept. 9th.

MARKET DAYS: Every Thursday through  the end of August on Asbury Ave. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Includes free entertainment (magicians, etc.) free face painters and balloon sculptors plus free pony rides for the kids at the Tabernacle, 6th and Asbury Ave.

HISTORIC AND INN-TO-INN TOURS: presented by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Ocean City are every Thursday in July and August from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.  Tickets are $14 per person, which includes transportation by trolley and a guided tour.  Catch the trolley at the Ticket Booth located at the 7th Street and Central Avenue parking lot (metered parking is available).  Tickets are available at the Welcome Center on the Rt.52 Causeway and at the ticket booth.  Each tour is different and includes an excursion to four different historic locations which may include inns, the Historic Flanders Hotel, the Historic Ocean City Lifesaving Station, the Ocean City Historical Museum, or a Beachwalk and a sightseeing tour of the City’s historic district. For more information, please call 609-399-1412 or visit on the internet at www.OceanCityVacation.com.

FAMILY NIGHTS: Every Thursday through the end of August a variety of free entertainment 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. between 6th and 14th Sts. on the Boardwalk. This popular program is sponsored by Henry’s, OC Waterpark, Boardwalk Bounce, Playland’s Castaway Cove, and Johnson’s Popcorn.

CHARACTER NIGHTS: Every Sunday through August Ocean City’s colorful Boardwalk Mascots will sign autographs and pose for photos at 6 p.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.  Sponsored by Manco and Manco’s Pizza, Surf Mall, and Jilly’s.



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