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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/7/19

Tickets Available for Special Meet-and-Greets With the Skateboarding Star

The Ocean City Baby Parade returns to the Boardwalk for the 110th time at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 8, 2019.
The annual tradition offers a chance for parents to show off Ocean City's newest generation. The parade features children (ages 10 and under) cruising the Ocean City Boardwalk in themed strollers, wagons and floats. It starts at Sixth Street with children finishing at the Music Pier (at Moorlyn Terrace) and all other entries continuing to 14th Street.
Participants can sign up at the Welcome Center on the ground floor of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. Entry fee is $5 per child.
The parade is free to watch from either side of the boardwalk. Spectators are welcome to bring beach chairs to watch from the railing along the ocean side of the boardwalk. On the parade morning, the boardwalk will close to bicycle traffic at 10 a.m.
Marching bands from Pitman High School and Wildwood High School will participate, along with the Ed Coles Band and Fred Hall. The Give and Take Jugglers will perform inside the Ocean City Music Pier after the parade as participants wait for awards. Other highlights of the parade include the OCTC Spotlight Performers Show Choir, the cast of "Newsies," Martin Z. and Mollie Mollusk, Queen Infanta 2019 Emma Rodriguez, the Ocean City Yacht Club, and more.
Sky Brown, an 11-year-old skateboarding sensation with an international following, will be grand marshal of the parade. She will meet with fans and give skateboard and surfing demonstrations in addition to participating in the parade. 
Brown is a professional skateboarder and surfer from Miyazaki, Japan. With a Japanese mother and a British father, she chose to compete for Team Great Britain in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, making her the youngest athlete to compete there. She also will be Great Britain's youngest Summer Olympian ever, and the youngest Olympic athlete since 1936.
Brown began skating and surfing at age two and quickly became a phenomenon when short videos of her gained millions of views on YouTube.  In the fall of 2018, she became the first-ever winner of ABC's hit competition show, "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors." She continues to be the youngest athlete a number of brands have ever endorsed, including Nike, GoPro, Samsung and more. She hopes to continue making history while inspiring young girls and women across the world to reach for their dreams and become unstoppable.
Her schedule will include:
Tuesday, August 6
  • 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Meet-and-greet at the Ocean City Skate Park (tickets are $30 each)
  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Skate Demonstration and open skating at the Skate Park with ticketholders
  • 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: Skate Park closed for filming with TransWorld Sports
Wednesday, August 7
  • 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Meet-and-greet on Seventh Street Beach (tickets are $25 each)
  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Surfing demonstration and open surf with the participants
Thursday, August 8
  • 10:30 a.m.:  Grand marshal of the 110th annual Baby Parade
  • Noon to 1 p.m.: Meet-and-greet at the Music Pier (tickets are $15 each)
  • 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Meet-and-greet at the Ocean City Skate Park (tickets are $30 each)
  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Skate Demonstration and open skating at the Skate Park with ticketholders
Tickets for these opportunities to meet, skate and surf with Sky are on sale now. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111 or stop by the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace), the City Hall Welcome Center (9th Street and Asbury Avenue) or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center (on the Route 52 causeway). Tickets also will be available at the gate (for cash or check only).
The meet-and-greets will be held rain-or-shine. Due to safety, inclement weather would cancel the skateboarding demonstration and open skate. The public is invited to watch Sky skate from outside the park gates. The hit British TV show "TransWorld Sport" will be film a full episode featuring Ocean City and Sky Brown at the Skate Park and Seventh Street Beach.
The Pamper Scamper - Ocean City's annual baby crawling race - goes off at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 and serves as a precursor to Thursday's parade. The event is free and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Sixth Street Beach. The races are for babies up to 15 months old. For more information, call 609-399-6111. 
DISNEY'S 'NEWSIES' RUNS THROUGH AUG 9
The Ocean City Pops and the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company (OCTC) will present four performances of "Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musicals as part of OCTC's 12th season. The shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday (Aug. 7 and 9) and at 2 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 8) at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center (beach block of Sixth Street).
Set in turn-of-the century New York City, "Newsies" is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right. Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, "Newsies" features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken ("Little Shop of Horrors," "Sister Act") and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein ("Kinky Boots"). Featuring the now classic songs "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day" and "Santa Fe," "Newsies" is packed with thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.
Tickets range from $25-$30. Visit www.OceanCityVacation.com or call 609-399-6111.
ALSO THIS WEEK.
AUGUST 10 - Ocean City Fishing Club's 44th annual Boys' and Girls' Surf Fishing Tournament: Registration for the free event will begin at 9 a.m. at the north end beach near the Ocean City-Longport bridge.  Parents or guardians will be asked to sign a waiver for insurance purposes before their children can participate.  Each child must bring his or her own fishing gear and bait. Fishing starts at 10 a.m. and ends at noon followed by an awards presentation. The tournament has three age categories:  8-10, 11-12, and 13-16 years old, with a boys' and girls' division in each grouping.  Parents can help those 8-10 years old cast, but those youngsters have to do their own fishing after that. Three anglers who catch the most fish in each age category will win a rod and reel. The boy and girl who land the biggest fish overall will receive bicycles and trophies. OCFC members will be on hand to measure fish caught to determine winners, as well as give expert advice. The event will be held rain or shine. 
AUGUST 10 - Miss Ocean City Pageant: 7 p.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Miss Ocean City 2019 Megan Keenan will be on hand as contestants compete in interview, talent, swimsuit, evening gown and onstage question.  Contestants must be between the ages of 16 and 22. For more information, call 609-399-6111. Tickets will be available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.
AUGUST 11 - Katherine Jenkins with The Ocean City Pops Orchestra:One of Great Britain's all-time favorite singers, Katherine Jenkins, will join the Ocean City Pops Orchestra for a special concert on August 11.  Jenkins was officially crowned the No.1 selling "Classical Music Artist of the Last 25 Years" by Classic FM. She made chart history when her last album, "Celebration," became her 12th UK Classical No.1 album in 12 years.  The show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace). Tickets are $40 to $75 at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111 or at any welcome center in town.
AUGUST 12 and 13 - Get the Led Out:  A summer tradition continues as Philadelphia-based Get the Led Out returns to the Music Pier for two huge nights of Zeppelin. Their attention to detail and loyal re-creation to the studio recordings of Led Zeppelin has quickly made them the most sought after tribute to the music of hard rock's founding fathers. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets start at $39.50. For tickets, please visit Ticketmaster.
MORE WEEKLY EVENTS FOR SUMMER 2019
Starting in July and running through August, Ocean City's boardwalk and downtown will be host to a series of weekly events:
  • Funtastic Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on downtown Asbury Avenue. Entertainment, face painters, balloon sculptors and more.
  • Mummers Nights: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays on the boardwalk. String bands strut the boards between Sixth Street and 14th Street.
  • Beach Walks: Guided nature walks begin at 59th Street and Central Avenue (entrance to Corson's Inlet State Park) Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased on-site.  Adults $1, children 50 cents.
  • Market Days: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on downtown Asbury Avenue. Entertainment, face painters, balloon sculptors and more.
  • Family Nights: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays on the boardwalk. Different bands and entertainers set up between Sixth Street and 14thStreet.
  • Historic Inn Tours:  2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Pick-up at 7th Street and Central Avenue. (Last week for this program is Aug. 22)
  • Weekly Fun Runs: Meet at Carey Stadium (beach block of Sixth Street) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. No entry fee - just show up and run. Tuesdays (starting July 2) are kids runs (ages 2 and up) of 50 meters, 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and 800 meters. Thursdays are 5-kilometer cross-country, 1-mile and 2-mile runs for all ages (starting June 27).