AVALON — Five municipalities are expected to field teams for the third annual Mayor's Cup Bocce Tournament 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20 at the 39th Street bocce ball courts.

The teams will be captained by their respective mayors in the double-elimination tournament, according to a statement. 

Towns expected to participate include Avalon, captained by Mayor Martin Pagliughi; Stone Harbor, led by Mayor Judy Davies-Dunhour; Upper Township, with Mayor Richard Palombo; Middle Township, under Mayor Mike Clark; and Wildwood Crest, headed by Mayor Carl Groon.

Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the Avalon Free Public Library and the 7 Mile Business and Community Association, the competition is presented by the Avalon Department of Recreation and the History Center.

“This is a fun family event that invites our local towns to Avalon for a competitive bocce ball tournament that I'm sure will be filled with playful banter between the teams,” said Chuck McDonnell, recreation director.

“It's also an opportunity for the borough to showcase our 39th Street Park that was financed through a grant from the Cape May County Open Space program.”

The tournament resumed in 2015 with two towns, Avalon and Stone Harbor, competing for the title. Avalon earned the right to display the Bocce Cup trophy for one year.

The tournament will begin with an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. recognizing Avalon's 125th anniversary. It will include a presentation by McDonnell and History Center director Nina Ranalli.

There will be live music from the band Loud 'N Klear and a live radio broadcast by WCZT 98.7, the Coast. Preliminary games will be played to the score of 9, with the championship game being played to the score of 11.

The bocce courts are between Dune and Ocean Drive across from the History Center.

Parking is free, as there are no meters in Avalon, and there is no charge to park in the lots.

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