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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/23/16

A new category has been added to Ocean City’s annual Woof n’ Paws Pet Fashion Show on Saturday, March 26. It’s “Small Pets in Carriages,” a growing, national phenomenon.

It seems that an increasing number of pet owners have taken to rolling their small dogs, cats and whatevers through town in baby carriages to show them off and keep them comfortable. In recognition of this growing trend, Woof n’ Paws has decided to add the category to its competition.

The long-standing categories return: Best Dressed Dog, Best Dressed Cat, Swim Suit Division, Best Dressed Pet (Guinea Pigs, Turtles, Bunnies, Ferrets, etc.) Plus Best Bonnet, Pet/Owner Look-Alike and Intelligent Pet Tricks.

Pet owners will be able to compete in three categories for $5. Entry fee is collected by the Ocean City Humane Society, a no-kill, national award-winning shelter.

Best in Show will be awarded the Dean Schofield Woof n’ Paws Plaque for Perfection. The plaque honors the memory of Dean, a popular volunteer who served for years in the city’s Public Relations Division.

Woof n’ Paws will be held at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk. Spectators may watch the event from the grandstands. Registration begins at 10 a.m., competition at 11 a.m.

For more information, call (609) 399-6111. Please be responsible for cleaning up after your best friends.

(March 26) THE GREAT EGG HUNT: 2:30 p.m., 11th-14th St. Beach. Five (5) Age Groups. 0-2 years old at 11th St., 3 years old at 11th St., 4 years old at 12th St.,  5 years  old at 12th St., 6 & 7 years old at 13th St. Rain Date is March 27. For more information, visit www.oceancityvacation.com or call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(March 27) EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE: A traditional, non-denominational service by the sea. All are welcome, 6:30 a.m., Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. For more information, call (609) 399-6111.

(March 27) EASTER FASHION PROMENADE: In front of Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Come dressed in your Easter Best to stroll in our fashion promenade and meet the Easter Bunny. Judging begins at 1 p.m. For information, call (609) 399-6111.

(April 9-10) OC-CON COMIC BOOK and MEMORABILIA SHOW: Join us for a fun- filled weekend at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Event starts Saturday at 9 a.m. with a one-mile Super Hero Run followed by a Super Hero Obstacle Dash at noon. Register at http://www.ocnj.us/Race-Events. Meet famous comic book illustrators from Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Disney Films, Archie Comics and more. There will be discussion panels both days. Schedule to be announced. Stop by Sunday 2 p.m. for Cosplay (costume contest). For an update on details, visit www.ocnj.us/oc-comic-convention.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission $5 for adults, $2 for children 12 and under. Two day admission $8 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under. Comic Book and Memorabilia vendors wanted. For more information, call (609) 399-6111. Sponsored by the City of Ocean City and the Ocean City Free Public Library.

(April 9-10) GIRLS WEEKEND: It’s time to put yourself first! Event will be held on Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 14th Street. Enjoy dining offers, spa specials, shopping discounts, table sales, fashion show, yoga and wellness classes, craft projects and demonstrations, hotel and B&B Packages, and more. Tickets for the kick-off fashion show Friday night. (April 8) at Glazed Over Studios, 704 Asbury Ave., are $20. Tickets are  available at the Sneaker Shop (704 Asbury Ave.), 7th St. Surf Shop (720 Asbury Ave.),  Ta-Dah (1040 Asbury Ave.), and the Ocean City Welcome Centers at City Hall (861 Asbury Ave.) and on the Rt. 52 Causeway. See complete schedule and participating businesses on www.oceancityvacation.com or call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(April 15- 16) The DOO DAH WEEKEND starts with the hilarious BASSET HOUND OLYMPICS, 1 p.m. Friday on the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. Watch Bassets hop over or walk around hurdles, negotiate tunnels, dash to the finish line, then plop down and fall asleep. Admission is free courtesy of the Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue League.

At 2 p.m., on Friday, Dr. Joel Goodman, world renowned humorist, will present a delightful and enlightening PROGRAM ON HUMOR at the Ocean City Free Public Library, admission is free.

The DOO DAH PARADE starts Saturday at noon at 6th and Asbury Avenue, proceeds to 12th and Asbury, turns to the Boardwalk and ends at the Music Pier. The Parade features humorous brigades, 600 Basset Hounds, some in costume, rollerblade ladies, the Original Hobo Band, a bagpipe band, two Dixieland bands, the Rapid T. Rabbit costumed brigade, a German Shepherd brigade and lots of other entries.

The Doo Dah Parade concludes at the Ocean City Music Pier where the inspirational PieAsco is held. Folks sit in the grandstands and smoosh each other with shaving cream pies, the kind the late, great comic Soupy Sales used in his syndicated TV Show. Afterwards, all are invited to Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk, where the Basset Hounds and their best friends will be gathered. This is a good place to get up close and personal with the friendly hounds and take photos. Doggie products will be for sale to benefit the Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue League.

To register for Doo Dah Parade, call (609) 399-6111, fax (609) 525-0301, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Bassets register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

(April 30) OCEAN CITY GREAT STRIDES WALK: 10 a.m. registration at the 6th St. Practice Field, 11 a.m. walk. Great Strides is a fun, family-oriented event with a healthy 5K walk, children’s activities, food and festivities that participants look forward to every year. The Walk benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is its largest, national fundraiser. For information, call (610) 325-6001 or visit www.cff.org/greatstrides