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OCEAN CITY, N.J. She won’t be 100 until Sept. 10th. But that’s okay. Ocean City has named Peggy Lloyd grand marshal of its 104th Baby Parade on Aug. 8. It will give her a well deserved, pre-100th Birthday celebration during the popular event.

Lloyd may be approaching 100 but is as energetic as ever. This past week she climbed up a ladder and trimmed the Holly Tree in her back yard. In the winter she shovels the snow off her sidewalk. She is often seen walking the beach and her daily routine up to recently included an 8 mile bike ride to the end of the Boardwalk and back from her Gardens home.


The petite, lady was ski instructor during World War ll in Newfoundland. She worked for the USO at a Rest and Recreation Center for service personnel. “I was hired to make sure they skied safely, didn’t hurt themselves on the slopes,” she says. “Before I came there were a series of ski injuries, broken legs, that sort of thing. I also had a degree in teaching so the USO thought I’d be good for the position.” She was.

A rugged outdoor woman in her youth and ‘till this day, Peggy has climbed mountains, camped out in the snow over night and is an expert swimmer. She taught her husband John how to swim and stood by as a lifeguard as he nervously negotiated the water in their pool.

But perhaps her favorite job was Companion to Miss America, a position she held for twelve years. “We visited veteran’s hospitals in six countries and all of the Miss Americas were just wonderful to the wounded soldiers. It was a great experience. In Italy, we were taken into the Vatican and the Pope smiled and waved to us,” she recalls.

In Ocean City Peggy is best known for her charitable contributions and volunteerism. She has served on the Board of the Ocean City Arts Center for many years where she arranges frequent fund raising bus trips to major art exhibits. Her next tour is scheduled for December. She is an artist and art patron and has over 200 paintings displayed in every room of her home.  These include works of her own and those purchased from other artists.

Peggy is a financial supporter of the Arts Center and Ocean City Pops Orchestra. Whenever she sees a need, Peggy steps in and helps. Just recently she was honored by the City’s Aquatic and Fitness Center for sponsoring swimming lessons for children who needed financial assistance. “I know how important it is for everyone to learn to swim through helping my husband who was intimidated by the water,” she says.

Peggy is also a founder and past president of the Gardens Civic Assn. where she has initiated landscape improvement projects that have added beauty to the community.

“We are pleased that Peggy Lloyd will be grand marshal of our 104th Baby Parade,” said Mayor Jay Gillian. “We will be honoring this outstanding lady with a Key to the City and proclamation. Peggy has been an inspiration to our community over the years. She is an amazing lady.”

The Ocean City BABY PARADE will be held at 5 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 8th.  Route will be from 6th to 12 Sts. on the Boardwalk. To register your child, stop at the Music Pier Information Center, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Call (609)-525-9300 for information. See full story about Parade at www.ocnj.us.

Other entertaining upcoming special events scheduled include the 51st annual Boardwalk ART SHOW (Aug. 2-4) featuring leading artists throughout the Northeast, call (609) 525-9310, see full story at www.oceancityartscenter.org. The exciting and humorous PAMPER SCAMPER Baby Race, (Aug. 6) for babies up to 15 months, is set for 9 a.m. registration and 9:30 a.m. start at the 6th St. Beach. Free, call (609) 525-9300. (Aug, 7) The world famous MISS CRUSTACEAN Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant and KING OF KLUTZ Crab Races, 1 p.m., 6th St. Beach, see full story at www.ocnj.us. Plus the City’s second annual SAND SCULPTING Contest, 9 a.m. at the 6th Street Beach. Both events are free with prizes awarded.

(Aug. 6) America’s NIGHT OUT Against Crime, with free carnival style fun for the whole family, is set for the 6th St. and Bay Ave. Richard Grimes Sports Complex from 5 to 9 p.m. It is sponsored by P.B.A. Local #61. The event is open to the public and designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, underscore anti- crime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships.

Activities scheduled in Ocean City include a dunk tank, face painting, inflatable play sets, flat TV screens with the latest games for children and carnival games with prizes for children. The event is free with refreshments available at a minimal cost.

Other upcoming August events include (Aug 1-3) The 13th Annual ART OF SURFING Exhibition, Ocean City Music Pier, free. Hours Thurs. 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. Noon to 10 p.m. A family event featuring original artwork by surfing’s biggest names, live music, and an opportunity to meet artists from across the country. Call (609) 744-3229.

(Aug. 4) The Philadelphia ORCHESTRA BRASS in concert sponsored by the Friends of  the Pops, 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets $20/$12. Hear celebrated musicians perform the world’s greatest brass music. Tickets at Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248.

(Aug 4) DIANE BISH TV organist presents “The Joy of Music” at Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. at 7 p.m. Free. Call (609) 399-1915 or visit www.OCTabernacle.org. (Aug 5) UBERBOY, an Ocean City Theatre Co. production; Little Bobby Roberts is determined  to thwart school bullies and become the greatest Superhero of all time. 10:30 a.m. at Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. All tickets $10, call (609) 525-9248 or www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(Aug 5) The MARSHAL TUCKER Band- 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier. A blend of rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, country and gospel helped establish this Southern Rock Super Group in the early 70s. The band has garnered numerous platinum and gold albums. Tickets are $35 through TicketMaster 1-800-745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com.

(Aug. 6) LATIN NITE with the Ocean City Pops, 8 p.m. Music Pier, with pianist Erikson Rojas and Mexican baritone Luis Ledesma. Tickets $15/$10. Sponsored by  O.C. Board of Realtors.

(Aug. 8) Ocean City Historical Museum presents “Songs and Stories of Old Sailing Days” 7 p.m., performed by Mathew Dodd at Stainton  Senior Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., as part of the Museum’s Summer Lecture Series.

NOTICE: Money-Vote now for Dog of the Year. Photo display board is up at Music Pier and donation tubs are in merchant’s stores. Voting ends Sept.19th with crowning Oct. 27 at Port O’ Call. Contest benefits the Ocean City Dog Park. 

Ocean City Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave. presents “It’s Tough Being a Prince” a modern adaption of Sleeping Beauty, July 31, Aug 1 at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. For reservations call (609) 457-6686. Milk and cookie reception follows show.

Coming Soon: The Miss Ocean City Pageant Aug. 10 at 7 p.m., Music Pier. Tickets $15, available at the door. Call (609) 602-7545. Sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club.