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Easter Weekend Events are Scheduled for Ocean City

Ocean City Easter events kick-off with a fashion competition for pets .

Events begin on Sat., April 3 at 11 a.m., with the Woofin’ Paws Pet Fashion Show at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk. The contest is open to any pet that will not eat another pet.

Categories include Best Dressed Dog, Cat, Miscellaneous, Bathing Suits, Intelligent Pet Tricks, Best Face Licker, Most Patriotic, Best Bonnet, Cutest Tail Wagger and Pet-Owner Look Alike. Ribbons will be awarded. Best of Show receives the Dean Schofield Woofin’ Paws Plaque for Perfection.

A $5 entry fee for individual pets and a $10 fee for multiple entries (no limit) benefits the Ocean City Humane Society. Register for the contest at the field starting 10 a.m. the day of the show. In the event of harsh weather the event will be held inside the adjacent Sports and Civic Center.

Elvis performer, Ted Prior, will sing “You Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hound Dog, Easter Bonnet and other songs appropriate to the various categories.

For information, contact the Public Relations Office, 609-525-9300.

Ocean City’s Annual Great Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for the beaches from 11th to 14th Streets on Sat., April 3 starting 2:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Playland’s Castaway Cove and the Boardwalk Merchants Assn. There will be five age groups, 1-2 at 11th St., 3-4 and 5-6 at12th St. and 7, 8 and 9 yrs. at 13th -14 Sts. Only ages 1-2 may have an adult accompany them into the area.

Over 100,000 eggs with candy will be placed, 4,000 with prizes. Five grand prize bikes will be awarded plus other grand prizes in each age group. An awards ceremony will be held at the Pavilion, 11th and Boardwalk, following the hunt. Rain date is April 4. Participants should arrive at the beach on time as the hunt is over quickly. Entry is free and there is no need to register.

Easter in the Downtown features Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on April 3 from 8 a.m. till noon at the Chatterbox, 9th and Central Ave. Order from the menu. The Bunny will pose for photos in a lifeguard stand at 9th Asbury Ave. at no charge from noon to 2 p.m. There will be candy filled eggs for kids and Eggstra Special Savings along the Avenue.

Shoppers should look for the egg signs in windows of participating stores to receive an egg filled with prizes and benefit from in-store specials. Call 398-4662 for information.

The City’s annual Easter Sunrise Service is set 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 4, in the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The public is invited to the non-denominational program.

The annual fashion competition begins at 1 p.m. Easter Sunday in front of the Music Pier. Laurie Kohr, former Miss New Jersey, will emcee. A band, Ted Prior’s Early Morning Reign, will entertain at the reviewing stand. The Easter Bunny will give chocolate bunnies to children and pose for photos.

Prizes will be awarded to best-dressed family, children, couples, man, woman, teens and bonnets. In the event of inclement weather, the contest will be held inside the Music Pier. For information on Ocean City Easter Weekend events, call the Public Relations Office 609-525-9300.