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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.

Pageant preliminary competitions will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday (June 15 and 16) on the Ocean City Music Pier. The preliminaries include swimsuit and talent competitions, and interview questions, among other show elements. Our reigning Miss New Jersey, Brenna Weick, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the pageant finale at the Music Pier at 7 p.m. Saturday. Action News 6-ABC weather anchor Karen Rogers will host the pageant all three nights. She’ll be joined by a co-host and former Miss New Jersey, Dena Blizzard, on Thursday evening.

Contestants with local ties include Natalie Ragazzo, a former Little Miss Ocean City, and Madison Kennelly, a former Ocean City Intermediate School student.

Remaining tickets are $45 to $65 and available at www.showtix4u.com.

ALSO THIS WEEK: DAVE MASON, RESTAURANT WEEK, HEART OF SURFING CONTEST, PLANT AND FLOWER SALE

DAVE MASON, a key member of the classic rock band Traffic before launching a successful solo career, will perform his album “Alone Together” in its entirety during a concert 7 p.m. Monday, June 19, on the Ocean City Music Pier. Mason also will perform Traffic hits (such as “Feelin’ Alright”) and solo hits (“We Just Disagree”). Tickets start at $45. 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.

RESTAURANT WEEK continues through Friday (June 16). It 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. Restaurants and specials are listed at eatinocnj.com.

The Ocean City Board of Realtors’ annual PLANT AND FLOWER SALE will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17. A variety of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, vegetables and flats will be available at discounted prices at 405 22nd Street in Ocean City. Pre-sales will be available at the same address (the board’s offices) starting 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 14. All proceeds will benefit Waves of Caring, which provides a “grandparent” toy drive, scholarships and emergency family assistance in Ocean City. Call 609-399-0128 for more information on the sale.

The HEART OF SURFING CONTEST starts with registration at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 17, on the beach at 57th Street. The event is open to all surfers and benefits Heart of Surfing, a non-profit organization that brings surfing and skateboarding to children with autism and other special needs. The contest includes divisions for men, women and groms (13-and-unders). Entry fee is a $30 donation to Heart of Surfing, and the no-wave date is June 18.

The event also will include an exhibition by Booker D. Surfdog and Onyx Shorepound Surfdog, registered service dogs who ride the waves on boards.

“Booker has been pretty antsy in retirement and we thought that this was a great opportunity for us at Team Surfdog to step up and to stand by those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder,” said Booker’s “service human,” Adam “Pops” Steinberg. “Learning and understanding autism is a major issue in today’s world, so Heart of Surfing and Booker D. are a perfect fit.”

The surfdogs will return to 57th Street Beach for another exhibition 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 24.

Heart of Surfing provides boards, lifevests and instructors to children with special needs. For more information on participating, visit www.heartofsurfing.org or the group’s Facebook page, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Cindy Fertsch at 609-705-5323. 

MORE JUNE EVENTS IN OCEAN CITY

ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW (June 24): More than 300 vintage vehicles. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue. Boardwalk parade after 2 p.m. To register and for information, visit jerseycape.aaca.com.

4th ANNUAL OC’S GOT TALENT SHOW (June 24): Talented people with backgrounds in vocal, dance, instrumental, drama, comedy, and more will compete for prizes in front of a special guest panel of judges. The show is open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door with the proceeds benefiting the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. To compete, visit oceancitytheatrecompany.com or call 609-398-1118. For tickets, call 609-399-6111 or visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.

VANESSA WILLIAMS WITH THE OCEAN CITY POPS (June 25): One of the most respected performers in the entertainment industry, Williams has hit songs that include, “Save the Best For Last,” “Dreamin’ ” and “Colors of the Wind” from Disney’s “Pocahontas.” She’ll be backed by the Ocean City Pops in the season opener for the renowned orchestra. The show is at 7:30 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier. Ticket prices are $85, $75, or $65.  For tickets, call 609-399-6111 or visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.

THE TEMPTATIONS (June 26): For more than 50 years, The Temps have celebrated a rich history of smash singles. “My Girl,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”, “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” are among the band’s astonishing 32 Top 20 singles. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, 825 Boardwalk & Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets start at $59. Visit ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000.

FARMERS MARKET (June 28): Ocean City’s popular weekly Farmers Market opens for the season 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 28. It returns every Wednesday through Sept. 6 on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle on the 500 block of Asbury Avenue. Crafters in the street on Asbury.

WACKY WEDNESDAY (June 28): Use your creativity to shape and sculpt salt water taffy into your very own unique masterpiece. Contest is free. Open to all ages. Start time is 10:30am at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace. This year, the traditional “July Jubilee” and “Weird Week” contests will be held weekly on Wednesdays throughout the summer. For more information, call 609-399-6111. 

BROADWAY ON THE OC BOARDWALK VIII (June 28):Ocean City Theatre Company's 2017 summer season takes to the Music Pier stage to bring Broadway favorites to life. OCTC will celebrate its 10th anniversary by welcoming back performers from every Mainstage production in its history.  Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $18 or $20. For tickets, call 609-399-6111 or visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice