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This weekend: Two-day air show, Red & White Alumni Parade, Pops finale

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Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010 1:00 am

Ocean City’s AVIATION WEEKEND features two exciting, free events. Action is set for Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Municipal Airport, 26th Street and Bay Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 19, from noon to 3 p.m. from 6th to 14th streets over the Boardwalk.

The airport grounds will be packed with unusual airplanes on its runway. Visitors will be able to inspect an array of antiques, World War II planes, Home Builts, Ultra Lights and Classics. Prizes will be awarded to outstanding entries at 2 p.m. Miss Ocean City Rachel Reese, Junior Miss Ocean City Casey Cattie, and Little Miss Ocean City Sadie Ford will present the awards.

There will be air demonstrations over the field including a parachute jump by the U.S. Army’s Black Daggers, an advertising banner pick-up and Coast Guard helicopter rescue demonstration. Bi-plane and helicopter rides will be available for a fee.

A spectacular model airplane demonstration that includes jets and helicopters is always a popular feature of the event. Some of the model jets attain speeds of 100 miles per hour while negotiating breath taking dives.

There will be a paper airplane contest at the airport for youngsters starting 11 a.m. between Hangers A and B. Age categories are 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12. Materials will be provided. Winners will be awarded ribbons and top winners will be treated to rides in the Red Baron Airplane.

Other features include over 60 antique cars, refreshments for sale, face painters, greyhound dogs and a children’s mini-playground. The Airport Festival is sponsored by the City Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 287 with assistance from members of the Airport Association and the city.

An AEROBATIC STUNT FLYING EXHIBITION will thrill viewers on the beach and Boardwalk on Sunday, Sept. 19 from noon to 3 p.m. It will include the top stunt pilots in the world plus military demonstrations.

Scheduled to perform are many stunt superstars including Mike Wiskus in the Lucas Oil Pitts, Kendal Simpson in a Pitts Model 12, Charlie Schwenker in the Extra 300, the Red Star Raiders Formation Team, fly-bys from McGuire AFB’s C-17A Globemaster III, a Coast Guard Search and Rescue demonstration, the USAF F-16CJ Viper East Coast demonstration team and others. The show is sponsored by the Ocean City Tourism Development Commission and the Ocean City Board of Realtors with air show coordination and operation by David Schultz Airshow, LLC.

The OCEAN CITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION holds its second annual RED AND WHITE REUNION this weekend. A highlight of the event is its downtown parade set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, starting at 6th Street and Asbury Ave. Grand Marshal will be Gam Broadley, a great guy, civic leader and World War II veteran who will be featured on a float with a group of his fellow veterans. Gam is also a member of the L/Cpl. George L. Dramis Marine Corps Color Guard that participates in our Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Sept. 11 services.

Among the weekend events will be a pre-game barbecue rally at the Civic Center parking lot, 5th Street off Boardwalk, on Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the football game at Carey Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m. versus Atlantic City. For info visit ochsalumni.com.

The OCEAN CITY POPS closes its season on Sept. 19 with Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play. The dynamic ensemble offers everything from jazz to folk to blues and classics. The trio includes Brubeck on bass, trombone, piano and vocals; Joel Brown on guitar and vocals; and Peter Mudcat Ruth, harmonica and vocals. The concert also features young cellist, Binh Park. The program is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Tickets are $15; call (609) 525-9300 or visit www.ocnj.us. Sponsored by Comcast. The Pops return on New Year’s Eve to play for our First Night Celebration.

The BOARDWALK FAMILY FUN FEST is set for Sept. 18 and 19 featuring a juried craft show, face painters, and pony rides at 11th Street. Fest hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The OCEAN CITY ARTS CENTER, 17th and Simpson Ave., is highlighting a local Potters Showcase through September. Ventnor residents Janet Kurland and Susan Van Duyne, both Art Center teachers, are displaying their unique work. For information, call (609) 399-7628 or visit www.oceancityartscenter.org.

COMING SOON: The Ocean City Board Walk to defeat ALS on Saturday, Sept.25. Call (215) 643-5434.

The MS Bike-Athon is Sept. 25. Over 7,000 bikers will be in town to support the Delaware Valley Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The ANNUAL CORVETTE SHOW is set for Sunday, Sept. 26, featuring over 350 cars from every year the vehicles were manufactured. Show is from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain date Oct. 3.

The Crowning of 2010 DOG OF THE YEAR will be held at noon on Sunday, Sept. 26 at the Port O’ Call Hotel, 15th Street and Boardwalk. There will be a Canine Costume Contest following the crowning. Doggies will once again be able to enjoy a swim in the hotel’s pool. Also scheduled is a Silent Auction. Dog of the Year T-shirts and calendars will be for sale. Proceeds benefit the Cape May County Dog Park in Ocean City. Call (609) 927-6568.

LAST MINUTE REMINDER: Ocean City’s Office of Emergency Management will present its sixth Emergency Management Symposium TODAY, Thursday, Sept. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School, 6th Street and Atlantic Ave. This program will feature a new Emergency Preparedness video, “It Could Happen Here,” produced and directed by Steve Trauger of Seriously Total Productions. Steve is also TV/AV Facility Engineer for Ocean City High School.

There will be vendor display tables. The video premier is at 7:15 p.m. There will be an interactive discussion with Dan Skeldon of NBC-TV40. Jim Eberwine, retired Senior Weather Service Meteorologist, will address the public about the devastating effects a hurricane could have on the Jersey shore and how to prepare for such an event.

JUST WIG IT! This is a fundraising event for Shaina Horton, a recent mother and Ocean City resident, diagnosed with Choriocarcinoma, a rare form of cancer. The event is set for the Flanders Hotel, 11th Street and Boardwalk, on Friday, Oct. 1 from 6 to 11 p.m. Those who attend are invited to wear wigs to be donated to the American Cancer Society. The evening includes dinner, dancing, beverages, a silent auction and entertainment. All proceeds go to the Horton/Palermo Fund to help cover treatments and family expenses. Shaina is currently undergoing treatment at Cooper Medical Center in Camden. For ticket information contact Bonnie (609) 335-4927 or Erin (609) 457-9320.

WALK FOR THE WOUNDED, presented by Ocean City Home Bank, raises money to help wounded veterans. It will begin Saturday, Oct. 2 at 11:30 a.m. at the Music Pier. Registration is 10 a.m. To participate without walking, send donations to Operation First Response, c/o Ocean City Home Bank, 1001 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, N.J. 08226

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