Ocean City Today

Cruisin’ Ocean City activities all weekend in resort

By Kara Hallissey | May 18, 2017
Cars are driven down the Boardwalk during a parade, which was part of the 26th annual Cruisin' Ocean City last year. This year’s parades will take place on the Boardwalk at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

(May 19, 2017) Spectators can check out more than 3,300 cars, listen to live music, browse hundreds of vendors and meet celebrities during the 27th annual Cruisin’ Ocean City this weekend.

The event, which started Thursday and continues through Sunday at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street and downtown at the inlet parking lot, draws thousands of spectators over the course of four days. Hot rods, customs, street machines, muscle cars, rat rods and classics from 1976 or earlier will be on display at those locations.

“The event has something for everyone,” said event promoter Meredith Herbert. “It’s a great opportunity to see some sweet rides, check out new automotive products and visit with people who share a love of cars.”

Highlights of the weekend include appearances from celebrity Erik Estrada, who is best known for his role as “Officer Frank Poncherello” on the television show “Chips.” He will be in the convention center on Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the inlet on Saturday during the same hours and at the inlet on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to pose for photos and sign autographs.

In addition, Kevin Mack, from the hit television show “Counting Cars,” will be on hand to sign autographs, greet fans and talk about the show. Visit Mack at the inlet on Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in the convention center on Saturday during the same hours.

Top national companies will be showcasing their products at the manufacturer’s midway in the inlet parking lot throughout this weekend’s festivities.

Look for companies such as Chevy Performance, Mothers Polish, Miller Electric, Tremec Transmissions, Ridetech Suspension, Pennzoil, GEICO, Flowmaster Exhausts, Advance Auto Parts, Amsoil, March Performance, Meguiar’s Car Care, K&N Filters and Speed Unlimited, among others.

At the convention center, Treasured Motor Cars and Wears Woody will join additional vendors selling automotive merchandise alongside arts, crafts, vintage items, jewelry, T-shirts, LulaRoe, gear, car parts and other specialty items.

There will be more than 100 vendors inside and outside both venues, Herbert said.

Fans will also have the chance to check out the Flintstone Mobile Show Car inside the convention center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

“[Cruisin’] is also great to shop the vendors, meet the celebrities including Erik Estrada from ‘Chips’ and Kevin Mack from ‘Counting Cars,’ Herbert said. “See the Flintstone Mobile Show Car and watch the excitement build at the auction.”

Other features of the 27th annual Cruisin’ event in Ocean City include the Express Auctioneer’s OC Collector Car Auction, which kicked off on Thursday and includes dozens of cars, such as a 1955 Chevy Bel Air which appeared in the recent film, “Jackie,” a 1964 Ford F-100 pick-up truck, a 1969 Chevelle Malibu, a 1974 Volkswagen Thing and a 1930 Pierce Arrow Model B, Herbert said.

An auction preview begins at 9 a.m. Friday, with a live auction at 11 a.m. in the convention center.

Bidders can register onsite before the event, online at www.occollectorcars.com or call 410-365-2759 to participate.

Another favorite of annual Cruisin’ participants is the Boardwalk parades, which take place Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m. starting at North Division Street and proceeding south to the inlet. Staging begins at 27th Street.

“The Boardwalk parade is a great way to start the day as the cars parade down the iconic Ocean City Boardwalk,” Herbert said. “Spectators can follow the cars down the Boardwalk and into the inlet parking lot where they can get an up-close look at them as well as check out the sponsors, music and entertainment.”

Back this year, a swap meet will be taking place on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside the convention center where participants can buy, sell or trade car parts and collectibles. To reserve a space, call 410-798-6304.

Cruisin’ will feature live music all weekend in both locations and a number of activities such as bingo at the convention center.

There will be prizes given away including travel bags, coolers, T-shirts, sunglasses and fuzzy dice. In addition, participants can win weekend getaways, trophies, plaques, cash and door prizes, Herbert said.

Awards will be presented daily with the Grand Finale Awards closing out ceremonies, which will honor sponsors and top awards are announced. There will be more than 500 trophies, plaques and awards handed out before the weekend comes to a close, Herbert said. The Grand Finale Awards ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at the inlet on Sunday.

“A major reason for the continued success of the event, in addition to the location, is the Cruisin’ format where participants have the pleasure of driving from one location to another all day and each day of the event,” Herbert said.

Car shows will be taking place in the convention center and inlet parking lots in addition to Crab Alley, Hooters and the Tanger Outlets in West Ocean City, and in Ocean City – Embers on 24th Street, the Marina Deck on Dorchester Street, the Big Easy on 60, Northside Pit & Pub on 127th Street, Phillips Crab House on 20th Street, Seacrets on 49th Street and Pickles Pub on Eighth Street, among others all weekend long.

“This year, we have the most satellite shows scheduled, which is great to see the business community and town supporting the event year after year,” Herbert said.

A neon and LED light show will take place on Friday night from 9-10 p.m. on South First Street, just off the Boardwalk.

On Saturday night, the 28th Street Pit & Pub will host its third annual Cruisin’ pin-up contest at 8:30 p.m. Registration begins at 7:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to dress up in their best pin-up gear or cheer on contestants. There will be giveaways with cash and trophies awarded to contest winners.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the 40th Street convention center and downtown at the inlet.

Friday and Saturday admission cost is $15, and $10 on Sunday. A four-day pass costs $35. Children under 14 get in free with an adult and passes are good at both locations.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.cruisinoceancity.com or call 410-798-6304.

Also, stop by Berlin’s Spring Cruisers event, which will take place on Main Street between Jefferson and West streets, Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration runs from 7-10 a.m. with a cost of $10 per vehicle, payable to the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, who hosts the event each year. 

The event is a smaller version of OC Cruisin’ with hundreds of classic cars from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s parked along the street in downtown Berlin. Judges will score the different vehicles in a number of categories and trophies will be handed out at 2 p.m. to the winners.

No pre-registration is required. The first 50 registrants will receive a commemorative dash plaque. There is no fee for spectators. For more information, call the Chamber at 410-641-4775.

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