A full fall: fairs, shows, more on O.C. agenda

September 26, 1993|By Audrey Haar | Audrey Haar,Staff Writer

Gone are the days when Ocean City emptied out after Labor Day, and vacationers didn't return until Memorial Day rolled around again.

Now Ocean City stays busy in the fall, as more people discover the serenity and crisp, sunny days of autumn by the sea. While the surfers and boogie boarders don their wet suits and embrace the chilly waves, there are alternative activities for those who prefer to stay warm and dry. With so many shows, fairs and races going on, it's difficult to understand why some call this the off-season.

Free car show

Car enthusiasts will be revving up their engines for the Corvettes that will be rolling into town Saturday, Oct. 2. Stop by Northside Park at 127th Street from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a free car show that will feature a variety of 'Vettes from an early-model showroom-condition car to a souped-up customized model.

Then at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, about 200 Corvettes will motor along the boardwalk to 27th Street in an annual parade sponsored by the Freestate Corvette Club Inc. of Catonsville.

The first Corvette rolled off the assembly line in 1953 and into the hearts of club members. It's the only American-made, two-seater sports car still being made, according to club member Charlie Wagner.

At the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, duck decoys and art will be shown Friday, Oct. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Chesapeake Wildlife Showcase sponsored by the Ward Museum Wildfowl Art.

An auction of $1.2 million worth of carved ducks starts at 6:30 Friday night and continues until 9 p.m. The bidding continues at 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning with a duck decoy that is expected to bring in bids of about $30,000. The auction winds up at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

There will also be a wildfowl art show and sale with the work of about 200 artists and retailers on display at the Civic Center located at Glen and Civic avenues. The Americana Showcase antique show and the Sportsman and Collector Gun Show will run concurrently with the wildfowl decoy events.

Admission to the show includes a ticket to the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury, which has recently opened a "Spirits in the Wood" exhibit. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Kwa-Gulthf Native American tribe from Fort Rupert, British Columbia, will be demonstrating carving, painting, jewelry and button blanket crafts at the museum.

Civic Center show hours are noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 2 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3. Tickets are $5, $4 for students and seniors, free for children under 12 and $12.50 for a three-day pass. For information, call the Ward Museum at (410) 742-4988, Ext. 106.

Fishing tournament

Fishermen will be casting for prizes Oct. 8 and 9 in the Ocean City Mid-Atlantic Surf Anglers Fishing Tournament. All of the slots of the 70 six-person teams are already spoken for, but spectators are invited to stroll the beach and watch the action.

The anglers will be assigned a two-block section of beach along which to fish from 28th Street to the Delaware line. Tournament sessions run from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

While the anglers are fishing for a winner, regional barbershop quartets will be holding their own competition Oct. 9 at the Ocean City Convention Center.

Winners from this regional sing-off will go to an international meet to be held in July in Pittsburgh. Barbershoping is serious stuff, says Mike Miller, president of the mid-Atlantic district of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. When the competition heats up, "directors pull their hair out and throw chairs," he says.

Many of the singing events are open to the public, and tickets will go on sale at the Convention Center Oct. 8. Events include a chorus contest 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning and the Quartet Final and Jamboree Show at 7:30 that evening. Groups will also be participating in sing-alongs at various piano bars around town.

100-mile bike tour

On Oct. 9, the Salisbury State University Bicycle Club is holding its 100-mile bike tour of the Eastern Shore. About 2,500 cyclists are expected for the annual event, which was chosen as one of ZTC the 10 best 100-mile bike tours in the country in the August issue of Bicycling magazine.

A 100-mile ride can sound daunting to those who get pooped after cycling a few miles, but Joseph Gilbert, chairman of the event, says, "It's a state of mind. You build a fear of long distance."

Mr. Gilbert, who pedals 100 to 150 miles per week on his bike, says, "If you pace yourself, it's not too bad. You have to take your time." He said some cyclists do the course in a swift four hours and others take about 10 hours to complete it.

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