Babies, beauties, twins and more this weekend in Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY — Nine young girls are vying for the title of Miss Ocean City this weekend at “America’s Greatest Family Resort.” But before they take the stage, they took to the boardwalk.

On Wednesday, Aug. 8 contestants paraded down the Ocean City Boardwalk in corvettes, each costumed in New York-themed outfits as part of this year’s pageant theme.

The 43rd annual scholarship pageant, sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club, takes place 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Ocean City Music Pier.

Contestants competing for the title currently held by Brenna Carnuccio are Caroline Bowman, Cassie Cattie, Tricia DeFelice, Samantha Dowling, Katie Larkin, Rachel Louviaux, Eva Nuesbaum, Phoebe Schumacher and Devon Vanderslice. 

Contestants will be dancing and singing to Broadway tunes as Michael Kelly serves as master of ceremonies. They will compete in swimsuit, evening gown, talent and a private judge’s interview. All areas of competition are weighted equally. At the end of the night, the most well-rounded contestant will take home the crown along with over $3,000 in scholarships and prizes.

The Exchange Club of Ocean City generates the majority of scholarship money, along with donations from Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, Nahza Cancer Center, Godfrey Funeral Homes, Firemen’s Mutual Benevolent Association, Policemen’s Benevolent Association, and many businesses that place ads in the program book.

This year’s pageant is produced by Aubre Naughton and chaired by Maribeth Neall.  Thanks to the sponsors, over $12,000 is scholarships and prizes will be given away on Saturday night.  

Vote for a contestant for the People’s Choice Award in front of the Music Pier.

Tickets are available at the Music Pier box office for $15. For more information, see www.ocexchangeclub.org.

For even more parading beauties, head to the boardwalk to see the city’s 103rd Baby Parade, the longest consecutively run baby parade in the nation, set for Thursday, Aug. 9. The event begins 10:15 a.m. from Sixth to 12th streets on the boardwalk. Grand marshals of this year’s parade are Fred and Susan Miller, authors of several Ocean City history books.

The parade competition is open to children from infants to 10 years old. Divisions include Fancy Decorated Go Carts, Strollers, Coaches, Express Wagons; Small Children’s Floats (all vehicles including express wagons and baby carriages with tops or sides measuring more than three by five feet) and Commercial and Non- Commercial large floats. All children receive a commemorative gift for being in the parade.

Musical groups include the Pitman Hobo Band, the Interboro High School of Pennsylvania Marching Band, the Atlantic City Bagpipers, the Fred Hall Dixieland Band, the Hype Guards, an award-winning color guard and the Ed Coles Entertainers.

The Ocean City Baby Parade was founded by Leo Bamberger and his committee. Bamberger, a photo engraver, was one of the organizers of Labor Day. The parade is now directed by Susan Canale, who heads a committee of 40 volunteers.

Following the baby parade will be the annual Twins Contest 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 with prizes for those who look the most and least alike. Registration begins at 6 p.m. in front of the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. For more information, call 525-9300. 

Thursdays in the Downtown are Market Days sponsored by the Retail Merchants Association with entertainment, face painters and balloon sculptors 10 a.m.-1 p.m. along Asbury Avenue.

Ocean City’s Inn to Inn tour is every Thursday through the end of August. Pick up is 2 p.m. at Seventh Street and Central Avenue.

Family Nights liven up the boardwalk on Thursdays with musical entertainment from 7:30-9:30 p.m., sponsored by Congo Falls, Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, Johnson’s Popcorn and Playland’s Castaway Cove.

This Thursday’s entertainment schedule is as follows: Sixth to 10th streets, magician Rick Zengolewicz; Seventh Street, Shore Thing Band; Ninth Street, Karaoke Faz Jim Fazio; Eighth to 10th streets, silt walker Dean Duncan; 10th Street, 1,2,3 Draw; 10th to 11th streets, Jilly's DJ Party; Pavilion, Santa Tom Sawyer and Air Circus; 12th Street, Cape Shore Singers Sweet Adeline’s; and 13th Street, Keith Hickman.

TED talk Thursday at the library

Dr. Peter Saul gives a powerful talk on our need to take charge of our own life as we face our final days. Interspersed with some great humor, this ICU physician points out the serious penalties we pay for leaving end of life decisions in the hands of those ill-equipped to make them. Come watch this TED video 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, then join in the discussion that follows. TED talks are presented in the Ocean City Public Library auditorium every second and fourth Thursday at 11 a.m. All are welcome.

South Jersey Lifeguard Championships

The South Jersey Lifeguard Championships is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 at the 34th Street beach.

Happy Home Orphanage walk-a-thon

Walk for the girls 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at Father Kennedy’s eighth annual Happy Home Orphanage for Girls Walk-a-thon  on the Ocean City Boardwalk, beginning at the Music Pier. There will be giveaways including T-shirts, Gillian's Wonderland Pier passbooks, face painting, chair massages, music from the Tidal Wave Band, Zumba and yoga classes and cash prizes for teams with the highest sponsorships. For more information, call Joanne McGuire at 408-3960 or see www.happyhomecharity.org.

ESA Surf Contest

The ESA Surf Contest will be Saturday, Aug. 11 on the Seventh Street beach. Registration is at 7 a.m. The first heat in the water at 8 a.m. Sign up the morning of the contest, if your membership is expired or if you are a new member, you may renew or join on the beach (no wave date is June 23). For more information, call 884-5277 or see www.snj.surfesa.org.

Craft Show

Ocean City Exchange Club Craft Show is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Music Pier. For vendor information, call 610-368-6656.

Children’s fishing tournament Saturday

Children ages 8-16 are eligible to compete in the 37th annual Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 11, along the north end beach near the Ocean City Longport Bridge. 

This is a free event, with registration 9-10 a.m. at the parking lot next to the toll booth. Co-sponsored by the Ocean City Fishing Club and the city’s department of recreation, the 2012 tournament offers prizes donated by area merchants.

Awards are available for first, second, and third places in three age categories: 8-10; 11-13 and 14-16. Contestants in the 2011 tournament reeled in a total of 40 fish, including summer flounder, sea bass, kingfish, sharks, and a triggerfish. Boys and girls must bring their own bait and tackle to the competition. Parents of younger children are allowed to assist with baiting hooks and casting. The children may pick their favorite fishing spots within a designated area along the beach. Rain date is Saturday, Aug. 18. In addition to the Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament, the club also co-sponsors the annual Ocean City Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament for teams and individuals. Now in its 45th year, this tournament will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16.

Campolo returns to the Tabernacle Sunday

Preacher Anthony Campolo returns this Sunday, Aug. 12 to Ocean City Tabernacle. Recording artist Steve Green presents music in the morning services and a complete concert at 7 p.m. 

An informal song service, ranging from hymns to new praise and worship songs, precedes each service. Greg Field is song leader with Carolyn Lothian on the concert grand Steinway piano and Jeff Seals on the four-manual Allen organ. Paul Berges, drummer, joins on the upbeat tunes.

Child-care for ages 3 and younger is in the Noah’s Ark nursery both morning and evening and age-appropriate Sunday School is offered for children during the morning services. Everyone is welcome. See www.OCTabernacle.org.

Create your own chocolate centerpiece

Chocolatier Carol Rynex demonstrates how to create a chocolate bowl centerpiece filled with chocolate treats 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 at Stainton’s Gallery of Shops in Ocean City. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes. Rynex is the owner of Chocolate Pretzel Heaven in Atco and at Stainton’s, 810 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. For more information, see www.staintons.com.

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