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Ocean City’s 103rd Annual BABY PARADE, the longest consecutively run in the nation, is set for Thurs., Aug. 9th. The colorful event begins at 10:15 a.m. Parade route is from 6th to 12th Sts. on the Boardwalk. Grand Marshals of this year’s Parade are Fred and Susan Miller, authors of popular Ocean City history books.

The parade competition is open to children from infants to 10 years of age. They parade down the boardwalk in decorated go carts, coaches, express wagons and small floats featuring imaginative themes that range from nursery rhymes to Philly sports teams. The Ocean City Baby Parade was founded by Leo Bamberger, one of the organizers of Labor Day. It is now directed by Susan Canale, who heads a committee of 40 volunteers. Musical groups scheduled include the Pitman Hobo Band, the Interboro High School Marching Band, The Atlantic City Bagpipers, The Fred Hall Dixieland Band, the Hype Guard musical marchers and the Ed Coles Entertainers.

The City’s popular TWINS CONTEST follows the Parade, 6:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, with registration at 6 p.m. Entry is free. There are categories for all ages, infants to adults, for those who look the most alike and least alike. Call (609) 525-9300 for information.

WEIRD CONTEST WEEK: One of Ocean City’s most unusual events is Weird Contest Week set for Aug. 13-17 in the Music Pier Pavilion. The contests are held Mon.-Fri. starting 11 a.m. Entry is free and prizes are awarded. There are divisions for the following age groups: 5 and under, 6-8, 9-12, Teens and Adults. The contest kicks off on Monday with Saltwater Taffy Sculpting sponsored by Shriver’s. Results have ranged from Unicorns and Seagulls to a mighty Ferris Wheel. On Tues., contestants are challenged to create something out of French Fries from the Promenade. And so it goes on Wednesday with giant cookies for “That’s The Way the Cookie Crumbles” and Thursday with paper clips. On Wednesday, there’s a bonus contest, Ears Looking At You. This is for folks who like to wiggle their ears. The event ends Friday with two contests: Little Miss Chaos and Little Mr. Chaos. Boys and girls from 3 to 5 are given pots and pans and other noise making apparatus and instructed to make as much racket as they possibly can in three minutes. The second contest is Mr. and Miss Miscellaneous. This competition is for those who have always wanted to compete in a talent contest, but maybe missed the bus or got stuck at a Rugby game. This is their big chance to wow the crowd from the historic, Music Pier stage! For information, call (609) 525-9300.

DOG OF THE YEAR CONTEST is underway. Photos of the contestants are on view in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace and at Staintons, 8th and Asbury Ave., by the back door vestibule. Drop some money in the container for your favorite or favorites. Containers are also located at various stores in Ocean City. The winner will be named on Oct. 28th during a get together at the Port O’ Call, 15th and Boardwalk. There will also be a Halloween Costume Contests which your doggie is invited to enter. All proceeds benefit the Ocean City Dog Park where you best friend can cavort, socialize, and have a grand old time.

CINDERELLA: The Ocean City Pops and the Greater Ocean Theatre Co. team up to present the magical tale of Cinderella, live on stage Aug. 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. The production is for audiences of all ages and will be featured at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave. The popular fairy tale showcases the timeless work of Rodgers and Hammerstein. The talented Michael Hartman serves as Director and Choreographer of the production that will feature a cast of professional performers starring Morgan Kirner, recipient of the 2012 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award. Tickets are $15 for children under 12 and $25 for adults at the Music Pier Box Office (609) 525-9248 or www.ocnj./boxoffice.

The Ocean City REPERTORY THEATER, 813 Asbury Ave. is presenting the following events the Week of Aug. 5: Open Mic, Thurs 7-9 p.m. Come to perform or listen, $5. The Classic Rocky Horror Show, on stage, Thurs. and Fri. 10 to 11:30 p.m., Sat., midnight to 1:30 a.m., $10. Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Sat. and Sun., 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission $10. For reservations, call (609) 457-6686.

(Aug. 8) The Ocean City Pops presents I WISH I WERE IN LOVE AGAIN, an evening of Broadway Love Songs with singers Alex Bechtel and Liz Filios featuring the best of Rodgers and Hart, Gershwin, etc., 8 p.m. at Music Pier, Tickets $20 and $12, available at the Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us./boxoffice

(Aug. 10) South Jersey Lifeguard Championships, 34th St. Beach (Aug. 11) ESA Surf Contest, register 7 a.m. at 7th St. Beach (no wave date, Aug. 18) Call (609) 884-5277.

(Aug. 11) Miss Ocean City Pageant, Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club, www.ocexchangeclub.org.

(Aug. 11) 37th Annual Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament, free to youngsters between 8 and 16. Registration 9-10 a.m. by Longport Bridge Beach. Tournament 10 a.m. till noon. Co-sponsored by the City Recreation Dept. and O.C. Fishing Club.Rain date, August18. Information (609) 398-0534.

(Aug. 12) Steve Green in concert, 7 p.m., Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., call 399-1915 or visit www.octabernacle.org. (Aug. 12) Ocean City Pops presents, THINE ALONE! A Salute to the Music of Victor Herbert presented by the Concert Operetta Theater, conducted by Jose Melendez, 8 p.m. tickets at Music Pier Box Office, (609)525-9248.

(Aug. 17) The Little Miss Ocean City Pageant, 7 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets $10 at the Music Pier Box Office. For girls ages 8-11. Must attend O.C. Schools or be a property owner. For information, call (609) 525-9304 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

(Aug. 18) The Music that made TONY MARTS famous. Hear the songs made famous by the Tony Marts All-Stars from the 50s to the 80s. Performed by popular area musicians, 8 p.m. at Music Pier. Tickets $20, at the Pier Box Office.Call (609) 525-9248.

(Aug. 19) Ventriloquist, David Pendleton, 7 p.m. at Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., free admission. Call (609) 399-1915 or access www.octabernacle.org.

(The Rest of August) Multi talented artist Ruth Michalenko will exhibit her plein air paintings of the outdoors through the month of August at the Ocean City Art Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. A meet the artist reception will be held August 10 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Ms. Michalenko is an associate professor of Art at Atlantic Cape Community College. Most of her works are interpretations of rural life in a variety of media including pencil, pastels, watercolor and oil painting. Call the Center at (609) 399-7628.

Every Wednesday Through September 12th - Farmers & Crafters Market, 6th & Asbury, 8am-1pm.

Downtown: Costumed characters from Kidz Creations will greet patrons at the Chatterbox, 9th and Central Ave., for the next two Wednesdays starting 9 a.m.

You can see and meet an array of costumed characters every Sunday in July and August during CHARACTER NIGHT on the Boardwalk with a Meet and Greet 7 p.m. at the Music Pier and a Surrey Parade of characters at 7:30 p.m.

Every Tuesday in July and August is Mummers Night on the Boards and every Thursday during the same months is Family Night on the Boardwalk with lots of free entertainment.

The Downtown has free events every Tuesday and Thursday mornings in July and August. Enjoy all there is to do and at no cost to you in Ocean City.

Fundraiser – Ocean City Gardens Civic Association is again sponsoring PHOTOS by the SEA, Thursday, August 9th, 4:30-7:30pm and Sunday, August 12th, 3:30-6:30pm, reduced sitting fee of $50 includes one 8x10 photograph, call Pat at 609-391-1657 to schedule an appointment. Fundraiser supports local charities & scholarships.