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OCEAN CITY, N.J. --- It’s fun! It’s free! It’s Ocean City’ Weird Contest Week that for over forty years has invited folks of all ages to exercise their creative skills. The event billed as “Wacky But Not Tacky” features six unusual contests, Mon.-Fri., Aug. 11th-15th in the Loggia (porch area) of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. All contests are free and begin at 11 a.m.


The Family friendly week of events begins with Saltwater Taffy Sculpting on Mon. Aug. 11th. Contestants are challenged to produce a work of art from the sweet, pliable candy. Ferris Wheels, Unicorns and self portraits have appeared in the past. Shriver’s at 9th and Boardwalk provides the Taffy.

On Tuesday French Fries are sculpted into objects of art. Entries have included Elvis, Seagulls, a replica of the State of New Jersey and road signs. This event is sponsored by the Promenade on the Boardwalk. Wednesday, it’s That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles. Giant Cookies are chewed and thumbed into whatever. The day also includes “Ears Looking At You,” a Contest for competitive ear wigglers.

On Thursday BEADAMANIA is scheduled. Weird Weekers make bracelets and necklaces from beads provided by the Potomac Bead Company. This is a non competitive happening. Participants take their beady treasures home as prizes.

On Friday, there are two events, Miss Miscellaneous and Mr. Miscellaneous for anyone who has ever wanted to be in a talent contest but perhaps missed the bus or got detained at a Rugby game. Then there’s Little Miss and Little Mister Chaos for Children 3 to 5 years of age. The tots are given pots and pans to bang on for three minutes. The ones who create the most noise are declared winners after the chaos subsides.

NOTE: The sculpting contests are divided into age groups, 5 and under, 6-8, 9-12, teens and adults. Prizes are awarded. Also: Taffy, French Fries and Cookies used in contest may contain peanuts and other allergens. For information, call (609) 525-9300.