Street Rods Roll Into Ocean City for 40th Annual Weekend

REMINDER: The King and Queen of Plop Competition, also known as the Mr. Fall Guy and Miss Fall Gal contests are set for Friday, August 29 at 11 a.m. at the 9th Street Beach opposite the Music Pier. Contestants are invited to demonstrate their most dramatic falls (in slow motion) to welcome the fall season. Entry is free. Call (609) 525-9300 for information.

Over 150 STREET RODS will be in Ocean City Sept. 5-7. An array of colorful vehicles from throughout the East Coast will be displayed on the Boardwalk and at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., during the 40th Annual Shore Rod Run.

Cars will be parked at the Tabernacle from noon Fri., Sept. 5th till 1 p.m. Sun., Sept.7. There will be a boardwalk display of vehicles on Sat., Sept. 6 from noon till 4 p.m.

A street rod is an older vehicle that’s been modified with more modern parts. Owners are creative about how they enhance their cars and often decorate with colorful, painted designs. Trophies are awarded to owners of the most outstanding cars.

The weekend includes a craft show at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, on Sat., Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Admission is free. The popular Van-Dells will present a music and variety show on Saturday, 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The Band specializes in the hits of the 50’s and 60’s. Admission is $20, the public is invited. Tickets are available at the Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248 or online at

The late David Blyler Sr., an antique car enthusiast, convinced the Street Rodders to come here 40 years ago. Prior to that, the cars were displayed off shore at a campground.

(Sept. 21) The BOARDWALK CORVETTES roll into town. This Rally is one of the largest shows of its kind in the country and includes over 400 entries. It features every Corvette model manufactured to date.  The cars will be displayed from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Boardwalk rain or shine. For information, call (609) 457-0081. For registration access

(Aug. 27) The BETSY YOUNG Memorial Fund presents “Under the Sea Masquerade” from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Pavilion of Boardwalk Adventures, Plymouth Place and Boardwalk. Event includes buffet dinner, dancing, live DJ, Raffles, prizes and more. Tickets are $25, RSVP at (609) 233-9020 or  purchase at door. Betsy Young was a popular Intermediate School teacher who died of Cancer. Funds benefit Ocean City High School Scholarships. Event is semi-formal, masks are encouraged.

(Aug. 31 plus Sept. 2 and 5) The Ocean City Pops presents the Broadway Show SWING with the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $30/$25, call the Music Pier Box Office (609) 525-9248 or access

(Sept. 1) The Ocean City LABOR DAY RACE, is a 5 mile beach run, 1 mile fun run/walk. Pre-registration $20 and $25 Race Day. $10 for 14 years and under. Call (609) 525-9317 or

(Sept.7) The Ocean City Pops presents OUR THREE TENORS II, 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier. One of the Pops most popular shows. Tickets $20, call the Box office (609) 525-9248 or

(Sept. 10) The Ocean City Pops presents A NIGHT IN OLD VIENNA, 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier featuring Chloe Moore and Stephen LaBrie. Enjoy the beautiful sounds of the best of Johann Strauss, Jr., waltzes, polkas and inspirational marches. Tickets $15/ $10 at the Music Pier Box Office or access Call (609) 525-9248.

(Sept.13) Ocean City AIRPORT FESTIVAL is set for the Municipal Airport, 26th and Bay Ave., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Includes a ground display of unusual airplanes ranging from World War II Planes to Classics and Warbirds. Also an exciting model airplane demonstration with tiny jets that reach speeds of 100 miles per hour. Meet the performers for the next day’s Aerobatic Air Show. Admission is free Call (609) 525-9223 for information.

(Sept.14) Boardwalk AEROBATIC AIR SHOW starts 1 p.m. and spans an area from 6th to 14th Streets. See some of the top Aerobatic pilots perform. Free admission. Performers include Team Aero Dynamix Formation Sensation, the world’s largest air show team plus Bill Gordon and the Stearman, Raiders Flight Demonstration Team, Jason Flood Pitts S1-T Aerobatics and more! There will also be a Paper Airplane Contest, Bubblemania, food, music and children’s activities. For information call (609) 525-9300 or visit Sponsored by the Ocean City Tourism Development Commission.

(Sept. 14) After the Air show, enjoy SEASONAL DELIGHTS, a program by the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City High School Hughes Performing Art Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Award winning violinist Elena Urisote plays the enchanting Bruch Concerto and Trumpeter Steven Franklin performs the brilliant Tomasi concerto. Tickets $15 at, call (609) 525-9248. 

(Sept. 20) 7th Annual “Music for the Heart”, a night of song and dance to benefit the American Heart Assn. Come see the stars of tomorrow making a difference today. Show time 6 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets $10. For ticket information, call Chris, (609) 653-4677. 

(Sept. 27) Operation First Response WALK FOR THE WOUNDED is presented by the Ocean City Home Bank. The three mile walk on the Boardwalk begins and ends at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Registration 8:30 a.m., Ceremony honoring our military, 9:30 a.m., Walk at 10 a.m. Special guest Phil Martelli, head coach of St. Joseph’s University Basketball Team. Live performance by The Tidal Wave Band. Raise $50 for Operation First Response and receive a free, long-sleeve T Shirt. For more information, call (609) 399-0012 or visit

The Ocean City Free Public Library continues to offer a wide array of FREE PROGRAMS, more than we can ever list in this column. There are free concerts, free movies (current and classic), craft programs, TED Talk, a Jazz Series, writers programs, meditation classes, cooking classes, Bridge lessons, special programs for children and young adults, book reviews with authors and more.  Be informed about what the Library offers. You can receive regular information via email by subscribing to, by calling the Library (609) 399-2434, or by visiting the YA Department on the second floor of the building. 



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