Surfing, bodyboarding camp
A local boy who made good will return to Ocean City this week to help other kids follow in his footsteps. Jay Reale, a world champion professional bodyboarder, will conduct a surf and bodyboarding camp here on Thursday. Each day's session will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.n. on the beach at Eighth Street.
Designed for kids 6 and older, the camp features surfing and bodyboarding lessons from Mr. Reale and water safety instructions from Ocean City Beach Patrol veterans Skip Lee and Sean Williams.
The fee is $25, which includes T-shirt. Entry forms are available at My Place (the bakery at the Sea Watch condominium on 115th Street) or at B.B. Bombers Surf Shop on Eight Street.
It'll be a weekend of festivals. Two fairs are scheduled for Friday and Saturday near Ocean City.
The Worchester County Fair takes place at Furnace Town, about four miles north of Snow Hill. The event features antique tractors, cooking contests, fashion shows and other events that fit in with the 25-acre historic site's 19 century industrial village. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. A weekend fair pass costs $3 for adults and $1.50 for children. For more information, call 632-1971 or 632-2032.
Next weekend also marks the revival of the Great Pocomoke Fair, an event that thrived in Pocomoke City from 1901 to 1930. The updated version will be held at the old fairgrounds, near the industrial park and Pocomoke Middle School on Eighth Street.
Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. For more information, call 957-1919.
Canoe jousting tournament slated
Next Sunday marks the fourth annual Pocomoke River Canoe Jousting Tournament, which will take place at Sturgis Park in Snow Hill and on the scenic Pocomoke River. The action starts with a breakfast for participants at 8 a.m. in the park.
The event combines Maryland's state sport of jousting with the Pocomoke pastime of canoeing. Each team features three people: two paddlers who try to steady the boats, and the jouster, who tries to dislodge his or hers competitors from platforms in the center of their opponents to step off the platform--or knock them into the water--are the winners. Helmets, canoes, life jackets and jousting equipment are supplied by the organizers.
The entry fee is $15 or $25 if you enter on the day of the race. Spectators are welcome. For more information, call 632-2080.