Lucy the Elephant birthday celebration moved to Sunday

Written by Suzanne Marino Thursday, July 19, 2012 11:31 am

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UPDATED noon Friday, July 20, 2012

MARGATE – Lucy the Elephant will have to wait one more day to celebrate her 131st birthday party because of concerns about Saturday’s weather.   

“We have too much time and money invested in Lucy’s birthday to take a chance and let the weather ruin it,” said executive director and CEO Rich Helfant in a press release issued Friday, July 20. “Lucy’s birthday will now be celebrated on Sunday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.”

Margate’s oldest and best preserved resident loves a good party so in her honor there is a lot of fun planned.

“Each year, we have a great deal of fun selecting the theme for Lucy's birthday and this year is no exception," Helfant said. "We decided Lucy should 'go nuts' this year, and there you have the theme.”

Joining in this year's celebration is the 'Zoo on Wheels', from the Philadelphia Zoo.  Lucy's friends from the animal kingdom will be on hand from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Also part of the fun will be a giant water slide, and 18-foot bungee run, a birthday cake bounce, dunk tank, and a junior sports game.

AC Photo of Linwood will be setting up a special photo booth where visitors will be able to have a commemorative photo taken of them with Lucy. No birthday party would be complete without hotdogs, soda, Philly Pretzels, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, peanuts, and of course, birthday cake.

Parking can sometimes be challenging at Lucy so organizers have arranged to open the playground at Union Avenue School as a remote parking facility.  The playground is located on Union Avenue between Winchester and Monmouth avenues.  A complimentary shuttle, furnished by the Atlantic City Jitney Association, will be running every 15 minutes between the playground and Lucy 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

T-shirts featuring the “Go Nuts” theme will be available for $15 and visitors can enter a chance to win a giant Faberge' egg featuring Lucy.

Evelyn Johnson of Cape May Court House, author of Lucy's official bedtime storybooks, will be on hand to sign copies of her books from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours through the World's Largest Elephant will be offered every half hour. Music, food, and fun will be the order of the day as we celebrate 131 years of the World's Largest Elephant. Revenue generated from sales throughout the birthday celebration will help offset operating costs and capital improvements to our National Historic Landmark.

Stop by and say ‘Happy Birthday’ to Lucy.  

Lucy's summer schedule is Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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