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Air Shows Return to Ocean City This Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/12/17

Two highlights of Ocean City’s fall events calendar take place this weekend: the Ocean City Airport Festival on Saturday (Sept. 16) and the Boardwalk Aerobatic Air Show on Sunday (Sept. 17).

Both events are free to attend and showcase the intersection of land, sea and sky in Ocean City in the beautiful month of September.

The family-friendly Ocean City Airport Festival features two new events this year: a performance by Team Fastrax, “America’s Skydiving Team,” and a running race along the length of the 3,000-foot runway at the airport.

The skydiving team will perform at the Airport Festival at approximately 12:20 p.m. They will return on Saturday night at 8 p.m. for a pyrotechnic jump that will light up the sky over the Ocean City Boardwalk with a landing on the beach between Seventh Street and Eighth Street. The team then will deliver the American flag from the sky to open the Aerobatic Air Show at 1 p.m. Sunday with a landing on the beach at 11th Street.

The new half-mile “Runway Run” is open to all ages and offers a chance for anybody to cover ground normally traversed only by planes. Free registration will be at the informal event, which will begin at 12:45 p.m.

The festival takes place at the Municipal Airport at 26th Street and Bay Avenue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features a ground display of unusual airplanes ranging from the World War II era to the present. Performers for the next day’s Aerobatic Air Show will be on hand to meet with festival-goers. The festival also includes kid’s activities, antique cars, music, food and more. The Ocean City Board of Realtors again will sponsor “Bubble Mania,” a family activity that raises funds for the Ocean City Historical Museum. The day-long “Mania” will include bubble activities for kids with food, candy and beverages for sale to help to raise funds. A banner pickup demonstration begins at noon. Helicopter and biplane rides will be available for a fee.

Additional parking for the festival will be available at Shelter Road (off Tennessee Avenue) with free shuttle service provided. An emergency road repair on Bay Avenue near the airport is expected to be complete by Friday. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

The Boardwalk Aerobatic Air Show on Sunday showcases some of the best stunt pilots and aerobatic champions in the world, along with a Coast Guard demonstration and the skydiving performance.

The free show begins at 1 p.m. Thousands typically soak up some of the final days of the calendar summer as they watch the spectacle from the beach and boardwalk. The show is best viewed from the area between Fifth Street and 14th Street.

This year’s lineup features the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, the Raiders Demo Team, Scott Francis, Paul Dougherty, David Miller and Jack Knutson, along with the Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City.

There is no rain date for either show, and air performances may be canceled if weather conditions do not allow for safe flying.

GOLD MEDALISTS HIGHLIGHT GYMNASTICS EXPO ON SATURDAY

Olympic gymnastics gold medalists Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson will be featured at a Gymnastics Expo on the Ocean City Music Pier on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The Expo is open to all young gymnasts and will include a question-and-answer session, tips on skills and an array of vendors. Tickets ($35) are on sale now. There are two sessions from which to choose: 9 a.m. to noon or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before each session. Tickets ($30) for an exclusive meet-and-greet (that includes a chance to take a photo with the stars and get an autograph) are also available. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111 or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

Liukin is the 2008 Olympicindividual all-around champion, and she has nine World Championship medals. She was the 2016 Night in Venice grand marshal in Ocean City, a commentator during the 2016 Olympic Games and a 2015 contestant on “Dancing With the Stars.”

Johnson was the 2008 Olympicbalance beam gold medalist and team, all-around and floor exercise silver medalist. She is the author of the New York Times best-seller “Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far About Love, Faith and Living Your Dreams.” She also launched a successful business and has a career in broadcasting.

MORE SEPTEMBER EVENTS

‘GLASS ACT’ AT THE ARTS CENTER (All of Sept.):  A fused glass show by Ocean City resident Dana Sheppard will be featured at the Ocean City Arts Center September 1 through September 30. The show will feature an array of glass pieces ranging from unique wall hangings to display art to functional platters and bowls.  The Arts Center is located within the Ocean City Community Center at 1735 Simpson Avenue. For more information, visit www.oceancityartscenter.org.

A NIGHT IN OLD VIENNA WITH THE OCEAN CITY POPS (Sept. 13): A September tradition includes Viennese favorites by the “Waltz-King,” Johann Strauss, with singers and the musicians from the Ocean City Pops. This will be the final performance by Maestro Bill Scheible as artistic director. He will retire after a career of three decades with the Pops. Show begins at 7:30pm at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $20/$15 and are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, 609-399-6111 or any of the city’s welcome centers.

OC READS BOOK DISCUSSION (Sept. 13): Join a book discussion of the 2017 “Our Community Reads” selection, “One Amazing Thing” by Chitra Divakaruni. The event is 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Free Public Library. Visit www.oceancitylibrary.org for more information.

ATLANTIC CITY WEEKLY HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO (Sept. 16): Participate in fitness instruction including yoga, receive health screenings and massages, listen to live music and learn from vendors how to get and stay healthy. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Music Pier loggia. For more information, call 609-272-7017.

WALK TO DEFEAT ALS (Sept. 16): This two-mile walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk raises funds to support patient services and research. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the practice field on the beach block of Sixth Street. Walk starts at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.oceancitywalktodefeatals.org.

OCEAN CITY WITH THE POPS (Sept. 17): This performance will feature local musicians and singers from Ocean City and students from the local high school and intermediate school. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or call 609-399-6111

MS CITY TO SHORE RIDE (Sept. 23): With 7,000 cyclists raising $5.6 million, this annual charity ride through southern New Jersey stops over in Ocean City. For more information, call 1-800-445-BIKE or visit www.mscycling.org.

OCNJ HALF MARATHON, 5K AND 10-MILE RUN/WALK (Sept. 24): The combined events draw thousands of runners to a spectacular course that includes ocean views and a tour of Ocean City. For more information, visit www.ocnj.us/race-events.

WALK FOR THE WOUNDED (Sept. 30): The 9th annual Walk for the Wounded will be held Saturday, Sept. 30 on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Music Pier. A ceremony honoring soldiers is at 9:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Enjoy a three-mile walk on the boardwalk that begins and ends at the Music Pier. All proceeds benefit Operation First Response, a nonprofit organization that provides both financial and emotional support to wounded soldiers and their families. For more information and registration, visit www.operationfirstresponse.org.

CHILI CHOWDER FESTIVAL (Oct. 1): The second annual Chili Chowder Festival returns to the Ocean City Music Pier noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 1. The event features an opportunity to sample the finest chili and chowder from Ocean City Restaurant Association members. This year’s event includes a “Chili Cook Off” among the three platoons of the Ocean City Fire Department and proceeds benefit the O.C. Fire Fighters Foundation. Wristbands for the event ($15 adults and $5 for kids) are on sale at www.eventbrite.com, at all three Ocean City fire stations and on weekends at Johnny B. Goode Ice Cream Parlor (14th Street and Asbury Avenue).