Miss New Jersey and First Jeep Show Come to Town, Bring Dad for Johnson’s Popcorn Father’s Day Family Fun Fest

This is a good year to be hosting the Miss New Jersey Pageant. With the Miss America program returning to Atlantic City there will be even more media attention focused on Miss New Jersey and that will be good for Ocean City.

Ocean City has been hosting Miss New Jersey for 17 years. The franchise was secured during a meeting in Atlantic City at Miss America headquarters. Christine Wright and I attended the session to assure Miss America officials that Ocean City was ready to host the State Pageant. Wright ran the pageant for about five years and was succeeded by Michael Allegretto, former City Recreation Director, who was later asked to join the Miss America staff. Lou and Silvia Barthold then took over and Lou now runs the pageant alone following the untimely death of his beloved wife, Silvia.

The Pageant kicks off with its popular Boardwalk Parade on Wed., June 12 at 7 p.m.   with its 23 contestants dressed as villains! Not to worry, it’s all in fun. You’ll enjoy such characters as Cat Woman, the Big Bad Wolf and Bonnie and Clyde. Leading the Parade will be the reigning Miss New Jersey, Lindsey Petrosh. Miss Ocean City, Devon Vanderslice, will brighten a Beach Patrol display. Special Pageant guest will be Mallory Hagan, the current Miss America, which should attract even more media attention.

Tickets are $35 for preliminary nights June 13-14 and $50 for the final on Sat., June 15. A $110 ticket is available for all three nights. Call Mary Lou Cake (609) 315-1423. Show time is 7 p.m. each night.

(June 14-16) Ocean City’s first JEEP INVASION will feature an Army of Jeeps and also interesting vendors. You’ll find custom Jeeps displayed both on the boardwalk and in the downtown.  Here is the schedule: Fri., June 14 from 6-9 p.m., 7th to 9 th Sts. on Asbury Ave; Sat. June 15 from 12:30 p.m-4 p.m., 5th to 14th Sts. on the Boardwalk. The Jeep Invasion is a new event in Ocean City. The City presents three other car shows during the year, The Antique Auto Show, June 22; the Street Rod Weekend, Sept. 6-8; and the Corvette Show, one of the largest in the nation, Sept. 22.

(June 15) The ESA SURF CONTEST: Registration begins 7 a.m., first heat in the water
8 a.m. at 7th St. Beach. Sign up at beach on the morning of the contest if your membership has expired or if you are a new member. No Wave date; June 22. For information, (609) 884-5277 or www.snjsurfesa.org.

(June 15) Professional Surfer, BETHANY HAMILTON, the “Soul Surfer,” will discuss how she has survived a brutal shark attack. The program will be at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave. at 7 p.m. Bethany will talk about how she has overcome the issues in her life and how she has found hope. Admission is free. The Glenn Taylor Band will perform.

(June 16) Johnson’s Popcorn Father’s Day Family Fun Fest features face painters, 1 to 3 p.m. at 7th St. and Boardwalk, trackless train at 11th St. Pavilion and Music Pier, Pony rides at 12th St. from 1 to 3 p.m. Shore Thing Band, noon-2 pm. in front of the Music Pier. A Look Alike Contest at 2 p.m. will be followed by a pie eating contest in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. For information, call 1-800-BEACHNJ.

(June 17-22) RESTAURANT WEEK in Ocean City presented by the Ocean City Restaurant Assn. Choose from participating members’ special dining selections-two great meals for the price of one. Access eatinocnj.com for details.

(June 21-22) American Cancer Society RELAY FOR LIFE:  Held at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk, 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. behind Ocean City High School. Teams walk all night to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost, and raise money to fight against cancer. For information, call 1-800-227-2345.

DOG OF YEAR CONTEST: Applications for the City’s annual Dog of the Year Contest are available at Pet Pros in Somers Point, the Ocean City Dog Park, 45th and Haven Ave., in the glass enclosure or from j.billet@aol.com. Applications must be returned by June 19 to PO Box 145, Ocean City, N.J. 08226. The winner will be announced Oct. 27 at the Port O’ Call, 15th and Boardwalk.

(June 22) ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW: Over 300 Vintage Vehicles will be displayed at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a Boardwalk Parade after 2 p.m. Call David Blyler (609) 909-9424 or (609) 432-5347.

(June 22) Ocean City Gardens Civic Association Yard Sale: OCGCA will host its annual yard sale fundraiser. It will be held from 8am to noon, on June 22, at the Cardiff Triangle, off of Belfast and the Gardens Parkway at the North end of Ocean City near the Longport Bridge. The proceeds benefit the scholarship fund and other humanitarian efforts. Homemade refreshments will be sold. Safe parking is available. All are welcome.

(June 23) The Ocean City Pops Opening Night with the Canadian Brass is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier. “These are the men who put brass music on the map at international concert halls and festivals throughout the world,” says the Washington Post. Tickets are $30/25. Sponsored by Cape Bank Charitable Foundation.

(June 23) Lynda Randle in Concert- Gospel Music Award Winner, Album of the Year, at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., 7 p.m. Free admission. Call (609) 399-1915 or visit www.OCTabernacle.org.

(June 24-28) July Jubilee, a fun filled week with contests for all ages leading up to the City’s 4th of July celebration. Contests include Taffy Sculpting, French Fry Sculpting, That’s The Way the Cookie Crumbles, plus Superhero Impersonation Contest, and Xtreme Hermit Crab Wrestling, extremely non violent. For information, call 609-525-9300.

(June 24) GET THE LED OUT– 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier. Hear this amazing group of professional musicians interpret the music of Led Zeppelin. Tickets available from TicketMaster:  1-800-745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com.

(June 25) FUNDAY at Playland, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Playland’s Castaway Cove, 10th and Boardwalk. $10 wristband provides access to 4 hours of unlimited rides, 2 mini golf courses and Go Carts. Sponsored by Community Quest, Inc. 100 percent of proceeds is given to Community Quest, Inc. to further its mission. For more information, call 609-646-0388.

(June 28) YOGA ON THE PIER: Join fellow yogis and yoginis in a celebration of the arrival of summer while helping your community. Proceeds will benefit The Community Food Bank. Yoga practice starts in the Music Pier Auditorium, Boardwalk and Moolyn Terrace at 6 p.m. accompanied by live music performed by Gina Roche and Pamela Whitman. There is a suggested donation of $15 at the door. Suported by the Thomas H. Heist Insurance Agency. Contact Yogadog@comcast.net or call (609) -517-5425.

(All June) The Ocean City ARTS CENTER, 17TH Simpson Ave., presents “English Country House” an invitational themed show on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel, Rebecca. These are beautifully rendered canvases showcasing a time of grandeur. Meet the Artists Reception June 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Arts Center. Public invited.

What’s Happening at the Ocean City Free PUBLIC LIBRARY, 17th and Simpson Ave. (Fri., June 14th) Free Concert featuring Alan Mann, performing the classics of Robert Goulet, Perry Como, the music of Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer and the Gershwins, 7 p.m. in Main Lecture Room , N110. (Sat., June 15) Saturday Afternoon Free Movie, “Oz The Great and Powerful,” 2 to 4 p.m. in Main Lecture Room. For information on Library special events, call (609) 399-2434 or access www.oceancitylibrary.org .

(June 21-22) USED BOOK SALE: The Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library will hold a Summer Used Book Sale in the Atrium of the Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. on Fri., June 21 from 2 to 8 p.m. and Sat., June 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Books, videos, puzzles, etc. will be available. Website: http://fvocfpl.wordpress.com  .

If you have questions, call (609) 525-9201 or (609) 525-9200


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