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Ocean City has an unusual way of welcoming the fall season. Four years ago, we initiated the Mr. Fall Gal and Mr. Fall Guy contest also known as the King and Queen of Plop competition. The event will be held on Fri., Aug, 31 at 11 a.m. on the 9th Street Beach opposite the Music Pier.

Contestants are asked to greet the fall season, always a lovely time of year, by falling dramatically (and in slow motion) to the sand. Those performing the most dramatic renditions will be crowned the King and Queen of Plop.

After the winners are announced, all contestants will hold hands and perform a mass plopping, as a goodwill, no sore loser gesture.

Contestants may register starting 10:30 a.m. at the 9th St. Beach. Entry is free and prizes will be awarded.

Some special guests include the Nancy Fox sopranos who will sing an aria then sink to the sands after exhausting their vocal cords; Trash Buster, the City’s Canned Crusader, who will sing his theme song, “Stand By Your Can and collapse;” Suzanne Muldowney, who will perform an interpretive dance to Falling Leaves and the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band that will perform Twinkle, Twinkle Falling Star.

The above will not be eligible for the Plop crowns as they are considered professionals.

The contest is open to all amateur ploppers who wish to test their plopping skills in competition and be admired by quizzical beach goers. Costumes and props are permissible. All contestants must sign a waiver freeing the City of liability. Parents must sign for underage ploppers. Entry is free and prizes will be awarded. All contestants will receive a certificate signifying that they have participated in this important event.

This is our way of emphasizing that fall is on its way and that it’s a great time in Ocean City. The weather is usually pleasant, the pace is less hectic and we have events planned right up until First Night and First Day at the Beach, our gala New Year’s Eve celebrations.

For information, call Public Relations, 609-525-9300.

VETERANS INFORMATION: American Legion Post 524 of Ocean City is sponsoring a GOLF TOURNAMENT, Mon., Sept. 24 at Harbor Pines Country Club. Shot gun start at 1 p.m. There will be a putting contest, multiple prizes, gifts for all golfers plus an opportunity to win a car with a hole in one. Entry fee is $135 includes green fees, cart, dinner and prizes. Dinner only is $30 per person. For reservations, call Bob Marzulli, (609) 398-6702, Jace Clark (215) 817-3303.  

Operation First Response, WALK FOR THE WOUNDED will be held Sat., Sept. 29 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Registration 8:30 a.m., Ceremony Honoring Soldiers, 9:30 a.m., Walk starts 10 a.m. Special guest will be Phil Martelli, head basketball coach of St. Joseph’s University, Michelle Dawn Mooney, NBC-TV 40 with a live performance by Tidal Waves Band. Raise $50 for Operation First Response and receive a free, long-sleeve T. Presented by Ocean City Home Bank. For sponsorship opportunities visit walkforthewounded.org.

HIRING OUR HEROES Veterans Event is set for the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace on Oct. 11from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This free event is for veteran job seekers, active military members, Guard and Reserve Members, and military and veteran’s spouses.

Employers must register for free at HoH.GreatJob.net. Job seekers register free register at HoH.GreatJob.net to guarantee admission.Walk-ins welcome but space not guaranteed.  

(Aug. 22) The Ocean City Pops presents DANCING & ROMANCING with the Pops, a tribute to the 1930s featuring dancers/ singers, the music of Berlin, Porter, Kern and Gershwin. Show time 8 p.m. at Music Pier. Tickets $20/$12 at the Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248 or www.ocnj.us.

(Aug. 25) XANADU featuring the Ocean City Theatre’s Junior Company, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets $15 for adults, $13 for children under 12.Xanadu follows the adventures of the magical Greek Muse Kira, who descends from Mt. Olympus to inspire a struggling artist. For information, call (609) 525-9300.

(Aug. 26) The 30 piece Dave Stahl ORCHESTRA plays the big band sound, hymns and Gospel, 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550   Wesley Ave. Free admission. Call (609) 399-1915 or visit www.octabernacle.org.

(Aug. 26) The Ocean City Pops Presents, BROADWAY NIGHT, with Jeffrey Coon and Krissy Fraelich. Highlights include Irving Berlin, Paul Simon, Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line and many others. Sponsored by the Samuels family in memory of Harriet Samuels. Time, 8 p.m. Tickets $15/$10 available at the Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us.

(Aug. 29) The Ocean City Pops presents the KEYSTONE STATE BOYCHOIR, the only choir to have sung on all seven continents at 8 p.m.. They will exhibit their unique vibrant sound and compelling stage energy. Presented by the Masonic Club Ocean City and Friends of the Ocean City Pops. Tickets are $15 and $10, available at the Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248 or www.ocnj.us.

(Sept. 2) LYNDA RANDLE in Concert. The winner of the Gospel Album of the Year award performs a tribute to Mahalia Jackson with Joey Gore on piano and Gale Mayes and Angela Prim, vocals, 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., free admission. For information, call (609)399-1915.

(Sept. 2,4 and 5) The Ocean City Pops presents HAIRSPRAY in collaboration with the Ocean City Theatre Co., 7:30 p.m. tickets available at the Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248, $25/$18. Sponsored by Primo Pizza, The Original Fudge Kitchen and Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy and Gelato.

(Sept. 3) MAYOR’S LABOR DAY RACE: 5 mile beach run/walk. Great end of the season event. Call (609) 525-9317.

(Sept. 7-9) The 38th Annual STREET ROD Weekend, features classic cars on display at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk and on the Boardwalk, noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For information, call (609) 525-9300.

(Sept.8) Kicks for Clots, a kick ball tournament for the benefit of the National Blood Clot Alliance., 10 a.m. at the 5th and 6th St. and Haven Ave. Soft Ball Fields. Enjoy a fun filled day of kick ball, music and food to help STOPTHECLOT.ORG. To register or become a sponsor, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (732) 406-1920. (rain date Sept.9)

(Sept. 9) The Ocean City Pops presents OUR THREE TENORS II, featuring Richard Troxell, Cody Austin and Zach Borichevsky. These three tenors will “knock your socks off.” If you are not wearing socks they will tingle your toes. Sponsored by Bart Greenspan and Stan Meltzer families, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 at the Music Pier Box Office, (609)525-9248.

Every Wednesday until Sept. 12 there will be a FARMER’S AND CRAFTER'S MARKET at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. and crafters in the Fire House 6th St. Parking lot 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.