Summer unofficially begins Memorial Day weekend in Ocean City

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Unlocking of the Ocean and Businesspersons Plunge in Ocean City May 2012. Unlocking of the Ocean and Businesspersons Plunge in Ocean City May 2012.

OCEAN CITY — It’s time to break out the bathing suits and the sun screen, buy some beach tags and head down to the beaches in Ocean City as summer unofficially begins on Memorial Day weekend at the Jersey Shore.

The festivities kick off with the Unlocking of the Ocean and Businesspersons Plunge. At noon on Friday, May 24, at the Moorlyn Terrace beach, participants dress in business suits, carry brief cases and march into the ocean to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance” to welcome the new season. A giant key in the sand is turned to signify the ocean is open for the summer.

And let’s not forget the reason for Memorial Day: To honor those who have died serving in the United States Armed Forces. A perfect way to pay tribute to these brave men and women is the inaugural Stand Up 4 SEALS event.

Stand Up 4 SEALS, an organization dedicated to raising funds for fallen Navy SEALS and other special forces, have selected Ocean City for its first Beach Adventure Race, which includes an obstacle course for adults and a sand challenge run for kids under 10, Saturday, May 25. The Memorial Day weekend event also features a stand up paddle board challenge. Events start on the Fourth Street beach at 7:30 a.m. Teams and individuals interested in participating should see or contact Kristen Gallagher at 610-401-1510.

On Monday, May 27, Ocean City’s annual Memorial Day service will begin 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, Sixth Street and Wesley Avenue. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Ocean City Tabernacle, across the street from the Park.

Other weekend events:

Miss CMC and Cape Resort pageants seeking contestants

The Cape Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors is looking for contestants to compete July 13 in the Miss Cape May County and Miss Cape Resort pageants at the Ocean City Music Pier. Contestants must be age 17-23 to compete in these Miss America Preliminary pageants. Winners will go on to compete for the title of Miss New Jersey next spring. The Miss Cape Resort Pageant is open to full-time residents, students, and employees of the state of New Jersey, whereas The Miss Cape May County Pageant is open to full-time residents, students or employees of Cape May County. Residency must be for at least six months prior to pageant. Competitions will be in interview, 90-second talent, swimsuit, evening gown and on-stage question. Rehearsals will be held beginning July 10 in the evening. There will be a mandatory orientation June 26, at which time all paperwork will be due. To receive the preliminary application contact Betty Pruitt, executive director of the Miss Cape May County Pageant, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 609-390-0860, or Gina Campbell, executive director of the Miss Cape Resort Pageant, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 609-287-4248 as soon as possible. The deadline for applications is May 24.

Flea market and hoagie sale

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 30th Street and Bay Avenue, will host a flea market and hoagie sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Tables are available. Call 399-1019 to reserve.

American Legion hoagie sale and yard sale

American Legion Post 524 will host its annual hoagie sale in conjunction with the auxiliary yard sale 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 25 at the post, 3304 Bay Ave. There will be 300 hoagies available, made on Atlantic City rolls, at $5 each. Philly Soft Pretzel Factory pretzels will be available at $1 each. Orders may be taken in advance. Pick up is between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. To order in advance, list name and number of hoagies on the signup sheet at the post. Call 609-731-4986 or 484-994-5155 for more information.

Barks on the Boards

The annual Barks on the Boards event, sponsored by the Humane Society of Ocean City, will be Sunday, May 26. This year, registration will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Civic Center, Sixth and Boardwalk. The walk will start promptly at noon and the contest will start at 1 p.m. at the Civic Center. For more information, call 609-398-9500 or see

John Taylor performs

On Sunday, May 26, see tenor John Taylor perform 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. in Ocean City. This event is free. 

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