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Night in Venice Features Boat Parade, Fireworks and Concerts

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/19/17

Ocean City’s 63rd annual Night in Venice celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday (July 22, 2017).

The boat parade and decorated bayfront home contest provides a chance to be part of the highlight of the summer season in Ocean City. Thousands of spectators line the bayfront, and thousands more attend private parties at homes along the route from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue. This year, a fireworks display returns to cap off the bayfront festivities at the conclusion of the parade.

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Ocean City Music Pier Welcomes USO Show Troupe and The Hooters

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/12/17

The Ocean City Pops Orchestra will lead a musical voyage through the history of the USO in a concert Sunday on the Ocean City Music Pier. The Pops will be joined by the USO Show Troupe performing songs made popular by the Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and many more.

The USO Show Troupe is part of an American tradition that dates back to its beginnings in the muddy camp shows of the South Pacific during World War II. With more than 350 live annual performances, the Troupe entertains approximately 600,000 service members and their families worldwide as well as nationally televised audiences.

The show will begin with music from the 1940s and 1950s and promises a “sentimental trip down memory lane.” The Troupe’s performances offer “something for everyone” with songs ranging from the standards of the swing era to patriotic songs to contemporary hits.

Tickets are $25/$15 and available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, 609-399-6111, or the Music Pier Box Office (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace).

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Sand Sculpting, Pops and Southside Johnny

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/5/17

The July fun in Ocean City continues this week with a sand-sculpting contest and salutes to Neil Diamond and Broadway by the Ocean City Pops, a concert by Jersey Shore icons Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and more.

Wednesday night (July 5) brings a Neil Diamond tribute band performing with the Ocean City Pops. The Super Diamond show begins at 8 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier.Tickets are $35/$25 and available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, 609-399-6111, or the Music Pier Box Office.

Ocean City’s first Sand-Sculpting Contest of the summer will take place on the beach at Sixth Street on Thursday, July 6.Registration is free and begins at 9 a.m. Judging takes place by 11 a.m. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

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Fourth of July in Ocean City Features Fireworks, Bike Parades and More

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/28/17

Schedule of weekly boardwalk and downtown events begins

Ocean City’s annual Independence Day fireworks display goes off this year at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. The fireworks will be launched from a barge off the Ocean City Music Pier and will be best viewed from the beach and boardwalk between Fifth Street and 14th Street. A patriotic soundtrack broadcast over the new state-of-the-art boardwalk PA system will accompany the display. Rain date is July 5. The fireworks will cap off a full day of fun in Ocean City.

Two bike parades at either end of the island start Ocean City’s traditional holiday celebration at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The events invite all families to dress patriotically, adorn bicycles and take a short ride.

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Vanessa Williams and the Temptations in Ocean City, NJ

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/20/17

Williams opens the 2017 Pops season on Sunday, Temptations perform on Monday

Backed by the renowned Ocean City Pops orchestra, the multi-talented VANESSA WILLIAMS will perform on the Ocean City Music Pier at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (June 25).

Tickets ($65, $75 and $85) are still available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the Music Pier Box Office or any of the city’s welcome centers.

Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today. She has sold millions of records worldwide and scored No. 1 and Top 10 hits on charts including Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Holiday, Latin, Gospel and Jazz. Her critically acclaimed work in film, television, recording and the Broadway stage have earned her four Emmy nominations, 11 Grammy nominations, a Tony nomination, 3 SAG award nominations, 7 NAACP Image Awards and 3 Satellite Awards. She received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.

At Sunday’s show, she’ll perform hits such as “Colors of the Wind” from the Disney film “Pocahontas,” “Dreamin’,” and “Save the Best for Last.” But she’ll also pay tribute to her Broadway career with a Sondheim medley and sing classics such as “Stormy Weather.”

The show opens the 2017 Ocean City Pops season, and the orchestra will take the spotlight for the first 20 minutes of the show. For a complete schedule of the Pops’ wide variety of shows this summer, visit www.oceancitypops.org.

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Miss New Jersey Pageant Returns to Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/14/17

Pageant Week Starts with Boardwalk Parade on Wednesday

The Miss New Jersey Pageant will be held in Ocean City for the 21st consecutive year in 2017, and the pageant includes four days of events that are open to the public. The winner of the pageant will be crowned on Saturday evening (June 17) and move on the represent New Jersey in the Miss America Pageant on Sept. 10 in Atlantic City.

The public can get a glimpse of all 28 Miss New Jersey contestants during a free parade that starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday (June 14) and proceeds from Sixth Street to 14th Street on the Ocean City Boardwalk. This year’s theme is “Television Comes Alive on the Boardwalk,” and the contestants will be dressed according to the theme. In a longstanding pageant tradition, they also will “show their shoes.” The parade also includes marching bands, entertainers, community groups and local business entries.

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Restaurant Week, Trombone Shorty and Boardwalk Pet Parade

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/7/17

Tickets now on sale for Sept. 16 Gymnastics Expo with Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson

A week of great deals at Ocean City restaurants starts on Friday, June 9. But the opening of Restaurant Week is only one of the special events this weekend as summer starts to warm up in Ocean City.

Trombone Shorty will bring his big New Orleans sound to the Music Pier on Friday evening. Costumed pets take over the Ocean City Boardwalk for the Show Us Your Paws parade on Saturday afternoon. And the Miss Artisans Pageant takes place on Saturday evening.

Restaurant Week offers a great chance to sample new Ocean City dining options or to get great prices at favorite spots. Participating restaurants offer special fixed-price options, usually for two. This year’s specials run June 9 through June 16, and as of Monday, 26 different restaurants from boardwalk to bay were participating. Restaurants and specials are listed at eatinocnj.com.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, carries on the brass jazz tradition with a modern twist. The Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue concert begins at 8 p.m. June 9 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets start at $49. Visit ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000. Tickets also will be available at City Hall during the week and at the Music Pier Box Office on the night of the show.

The Show Us Your Paws Parade on Saturday, June 10th, will include many of the contests from the Woofin’ Paws Pet Fashion Show that was formerly a spring event here in Ocean City. Costumed dogs and other pets compete in categories such as “Best Super Hero Dog,” “Most Patriotic,” “Best Surfer Dog/Bathing Beauty,” “Pet/Owner Look-Alike,” “Best Dressed Dog,” “Best Decorated Wagon” and “Best Dressed Pet.” Contestants show off their stuff in a parade that starts at 4:45 p.m. and goes from Sixth Street to 14th Street. The parade also includes entries such as a Mummers band, pageant winners and others. All the fun benefits the Humane Society of Ocean City. For more information and an application to participate, call 609-398-9500 or visit hsocnj.org.

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Registration Open for Night in Venice 2017

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/31/17

Ocean City Flower Show and Fireworks on Thursday Highlight Week’s Events

Ocean City’s Night in Venice celebration will be “Rockin’ Through the Decades” this year on July 22, and entries are currently being accepted from all those who want to participate in the 63rd annual bayfront celebration.

The boat parade and decorated bayfront home contest provides a chance to be part of the highlight of the summer season in Ocean City. Thousands of spectators line the bayfront, and thousands more attend private parties at homes along the route from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue.

The optional theme will be "Rockin' Through the Decades," a celebration of music, fashion and culture on the rolling waters of the bay. Entries for boats and homes are currently being accepted online at www.ocnj.us/niv or by calling 609-399-6111.

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KC and the Sunshine Band Concert Highlights Memorial Day Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/24/17

Fun starts Friday with Unlocking of Ocean and Business Persons Plunge

KC and the Sunshine Band bills itself as a group that “creates instant happiness through music.” Add two more ingredients – Ocean City and the start of summer – and you complete the recipe for a really great night.

The band makes its Ocean City debut on Sunday (May 28), and tickets are still available. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace).

Generations of fans have danced to hit singles including “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Get Down Tonight,” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” and “Boogie Shoes.” From four No. 1 hits in one 12-month period in the 1970s to the release of the recent blockbuster film theme “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” KC and the Sunshine Band has had as much fun making music as its fans have listening to it.

The show promises to get people up and out of their seats in a happy start to summer in Ocean City. The Music Pier will be set up for a dance concert. Tickets are $75 and on sale at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, at 609-399-6111 or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway. The Music Pier Box Office will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to show time on Sunday.

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Disney Junior’s Choo Choo Soul to Lead Baby Parade and Perform Show on August 10

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/17/17

Tickets also on sale for KC and the Sunshine Band concert on May 28 and for the 2017 Ocean City Pops summer season

Genevieve Goings and Constantine “DC” Abramson, the stars of Disney Junior’s “Choo Choo Soul,” will lead the 108th annual Ocean City Baby Parade at 5 p.m. August 10, 2017.

Before serving as grand marshals in the parade, Choo Choo Soul will perform a show at the Ocean City Music Pier at 10:30 a.m. on the same day. Ticket prices are $20 orchestra and $18 solarium and are on sale now at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, at 609-399-6111 or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

Goings and Abramson are entering their 11th year of entertaining pre-schoolers and parents worldwide. Born from the mind of a Silicon Valley video game developer, Choo Choo Soul began as a hip-hop/soul children’s album of music that “won’t drive parents crazy.” The album caught fire and the brand was acquired by Disney and developed into a live-action television interstitial paired with animation in 2006 that encouraged young viewers to get up and dance to their funky, urban sound. Choo Choo Soul began touring the country in 2007 and has performed for thousands of children in over 100 cities across the globe.

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Stunt Dogs Take Over Music Pier

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/10/17

Martin Z. Mollusk Seeks His Shadow and an Early Summer on Saturday


A rags-to-riches story unfolds Wednesday on the Ocean City Music Pier, and the rising stars are canines.

The “Stunt Dog Experience” will feature a jaw-dropping array of jumps and tricks, all choreographed to a light and music show, and including a lot of crowd participation. Show times are 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 10) at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk.

All of the performers were rescued from uncertain fates in pounds or shelters. Chris Perondi, the show’s founder and trainer, says he always looks for “friendly and hyper and jumpy” dogs to take under his wing. “They want something to do,” he says. The now-disciplined stunt dogs travel the nation, performing to adoring crowds, jump-roping, dancing, catching discs and soaring over audience members brought on stage during the show. See video

The show offers a great mid-week escape from the pressures of work and school and is entirely family-friendly.

Tickets (only $15 to $18) are on sale now at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway. Call 609-525-9281 for group rates.

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Spring Block Party on Saturday in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/3/17

Night in Venice Announces Grand Marshal for 2017

The early weather forecast looks sunny for Ocean City’s Spring Block Party on Saturday. That’s always good news for the premier spring event, which features more than 350 crafters, food vendors, musicians and kids’ activities stretched out over a mile of downtown Asbury Avenue between Fifth Street and 14th Street.

The block party runs rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6. More than 100 downtown stores will be open for business and have table sales out front. Pony rides for children will be available 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle.

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Dogs to Show Off Spectacular Stunts May 10 on Music Pier

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/26/17

Ocean City brings a one-of-a-kind event to the Ocean City Music Pier on Wednesday, May 10, and the stars of the show are not human. Chris Perondi’s “Stunt Dog Experience” features dogs jumping, catching and dancing in an amazing display of stunts and tricks.

All of the stars of the stage have been rescued from pounds and shelters. A 2008 appearance on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” helped spark the creation of a spectacle that now includes lighting effects, visual props, costumes and crowd participation. Some of the challenges include doggy dancing, flying-disc catches, jump-roping, leaps over young audience members and even a famous “Stunt Dog Triathlon.” See video

Show times are 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Tickets ($15 to $18) are on sale now at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway. Call 609-525-9281 for group rates.

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Handicrafts Festival and Beach Sweeps This Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/19/17

Tickets on sale for Philly Soul & Rock ’N’ Roll on May 6

The All-American Festival of Fine Art and Handicrafts will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (April 22 and 23) on the Ocean City Music Pier. The show is believed to be the only one in the region where every offering is made in the U.S. by the artisan in the booth.

It features jewelry, glass, watercolors, oil paintings, beach and bay photography, copper garden fountains, candles, soaps, lotions, leather goods, gourmet food items, baked treats, wood carvings, floral arrangements, seashore décor and more. The $3 admission benefits the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard, Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Salvation Army and Shore Medical Center. Artisans Guild events have raised $344,207 for local charities in their history. Free parking is available just off the Boardwalk at Eighth Street, Moorlyn Terrace and Ninth Street.

For more information, call Director JoAnne Schaut at 800-822-4112. On show days, call 609-399-6111.

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Vanessa Williams to Open 2017 Ocean City Pops Season

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/12/17

Traditional events highlight Easter weekend in Ocean City

Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday (April 13) for a spectacular opening to the 2017 Ocean City Pops season with Vanessa Williams on June 25.

Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today. She has sold millions of records worldwide and scored No. 1 and Top 10 hits on charts including Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Holiday, Latin, Gospel and Jazz. Her critically acclaimed work in film, television, recording and the Broadway stage have earned her four Emmy nominations, 11 Grammy nominations, a Tony nomination, 3 SAG award nominations, 7 NAACP Image Awards and 3 Satellite Awards. Her platinum single “Colors of the Wind” from the Disney film “Pocahontas” won the Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe for Best Original Song.  Williams achieved a career pinnacle when she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.

Backed by Ocean City’s renowned Pops orchestra, Williams will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25 on the Ocean City Music Pier. Ticket prices are $85, $75 and $65. They will be available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

Tickets for the remainder of a great new Ocean City Pops season will go on sale May 20.

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Doo Dah Parade, Egg Hunt and Mr. Mature America Pageant on Saturday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/5/17

Ocean City welcomes spring and celebrates humor on Saturday (April 8, 2017) with three inimitable events: the Doo Dah Parade, the Great Egg Hunt and the Mr. Mature America Pageant.

Regis Philbin will be grand marshal for the 32nd annual Doo Dah Parade, which starts at noon Saturday. A massive Egg Hunt for children ages 7 and under takes place on the beach between 11th Street and 14th Street at 2:30 p.m. Philbin returns Saturday evening to host the fourth annual Mr. Mature Pageant at 7 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier.

Pageant tickets ($25 to $35) are still available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway. They also will be available at the Music Pier Box Office on the evening of the event.

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Heroes and Villains of Comics and Movies Invade Ocean City April 1-2

What's Happeing in Ocean City, NJ 3/29/17

Lando Calrissian, who lost the Millennium Falcon in a bet against Han Solo before becoming a hero in the Rebel Alliance, will visit OC-Con this weekend and provide one of the highlights of the second annual comic and memorabilia festival on Saturday and Sunday (April 1 and 2).

Like the cantina in “Star Wars,” the Ocean City Music Pier will be filled with characters and creatures of every kind for the weekend event. OC-Con celebrates comics, movies and science fiction in a family event scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Due to popular demand, the exclusive Q&A sessions with OC-Con special guests Billy Dee Williams and Seth Gilliam will be open to all general admission ticketholders for the comics and memorabilia festival on April 1 and 2 on the Ocean City Music Pier (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace).

Williams, who starred as Lando Calrissian in “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” in the “Star Wars” trilogy, will appear noon to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Gilliam, who has appeared recently as Father Gabriel Stokes in AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” will lead a session 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Sunday, April 2.

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OC-Con Festival and Girls Weekend Open the Season in Ocean City

What's Happeing in Ocean City, NJ 3/22/17

Ocean City will welcome spring with the return of two great new events: The OC-Con Comic and Memorabilia Festival on April 1 and 2 and Girls Weekend from March 31 to April 2. The pair of second-year events will kick off a 2017 schedule of fun in Ocean City that stretches non-stop through First Night on Dec. 31.

Hollywood icons Billy Dee Williams and Seth Gilliam will be special guests at the OC-Con Comic Festival. A limited number of tickets are still available for exclusive photo, autograph and Q&A sessions with the stars. Visitoceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue) or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

OC-Con will open with the one-mile OC-Con Superhero Run on the boardwalk at 10 a.m. April 1, and the Superhero Obstacle Dash for 12-and-unders on the beach at 11 a.m. April 1. Run registration fee is $15 and includes admission to the show and a T-shirt. The fee for 12-and-unders is $10 and includes the Obstacle Dash as well as admission and a T-shirt. Register online.

OC-Con features meet-the-artist sessions, discussion panels, costume contests, and the display and sale of comic books and memorabilia. Show hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (April 1) and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (April 2).

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John Cafferty and Beaver Brown Band to Highlight Street Rod Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/15/17

Ocean City’s late-summer Street Rod Weekend this year will feature a downtown sock hop on Friday night and a concert by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band on Saturday night.

The Classic Car and Street Rod Show is scheduled for Sept. 8 and 9 in Ocean City. The 43rd annual event will feature a display of modified cars 30 years and older. The annual Corvette Show – featuring models from every year Corvettes were manufactured – moves to the same weekend this year and rolls onto the Boardwalk on Sept. 10.

As part of the tribute to cars and nostalgia, Cafferty will perform on the Ocean City Music Pier at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. His band recorded the soundtrack to “Eddie and the Cruisers” in the 1980s and reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts with the single “On the Dark Side.” The band has toured for more than three decades.

Tickets ($25 to $30) are currently on sale at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

The street rods will be on display on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 before cruising down Asbury Avenue to the 1300 block (between 13th Street and 14th Street) at 6 p.m. That block will be closed to traffic for a free outdoor sock hop featuring Dick Richards and the Ready Rockers. Richards, 93, was an original member of Bill Haley’s Comets, and the drummer leads a rock band. Food vendors will include Johnny B. Goode Ice Cream Parlor and Boyar’s Market. The cars return to the Tabernacle from 8 a.m. to noon on Sept. 9, then move up to the boardwalk from noon to 4 p.m.

Anybody interested in participating in the event can find more information and a registration form at ocnj.us/streetrods.

The Corvette Show will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 on the boardwalk between Sixth Street and 10th Street. For more information, visit boardwalkcorvettes.com.

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Tickets for Mr. Mature Pageant with Regis Philbin on Sale Friday

 

Doo Dah Parade goes off earlier in the day on April 8

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/8/17

 

Regis Philbin will be master of ceremonies for Ocean City’s fourth annual Mr. Mature America Pageant on April 8. Tickets go on sale starting at 9 a.m. Friday, March 10.

 

Tickets ($25 to $35) will be available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

 

The pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday (April 8) on the Ocean City Music Pier. Mr. Mature, a tribute to men ages 55 and older, is the first and only event of its kind in the nation. It opens with a raucous production number, includes talent and poise competitions, and mixes humor with nostalgia. Philbin’s quick wit will be a perfect fit. In addition to hosting, the popular TV personality will conduct on-stage interviews with contestants.

 

More than 10, a record number in the pageant’s short history, will vie for the title. Celebrity judges will include Miss New Jersey Brenna Weick and QVC on-air host Bethanie Lori.

 

Mark Soifer, the founder of the pageant and of many other special events in Ocean City, will be honored with a “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Soifer retired at the end of 2016 at the age of 84, after a 45-year career as public relations director for the city.

 

The historic Flanders Hotel returns as a founding sponsor this year. The Flanders will cater meals for contestants and will offer special rates for attendees during the pageant weekend. Boardwalk merchant We Make It Personal will provide prizes.

 

Earlier in the day, Philbin will serve as grand marshal in the Doo Dah Parade, Ocean City’s season-opening celebration of all things humorous.

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