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August 04, 2005|By Sam Sessa

Fun at the beach

Grab a bathing suit and sandals and drive to the Eastern Shore for Betterton Day on Saturday. Watch a morning parade, browse craft and food tents, listen to free live music and play Cow Plop bingo. Stake a claim on Betterton beach and swim in the Sassafras River all day.

Betterton Day starts with a parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday outside the Betterton Firehouse, 2 Howell Point Road in Betterton, and runs until 5 p.m. After entering the town, follow signs to parking areas. Free parking and shuttle rides from parking areas to the beach. Call 410-348-9955.

Thunder on the Narrows

If you've ever been near a cigarette boat, you know they can get pretty loud. Imagine what eight boats going full-bore sound like - even from a distance. That's where this weekend's boat races, Thunder on the Narrows, get their name. About eight boats will compete in 10-11 heats each day, glubbing and sputtering four times around the quarter-mile course. Besides watching boats, patrons can try Kent Narrows' almost-famous pit beef. Proceeds benefit the Queenstown Volunteer Fire Department.

Thunder on the Narrows' gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Kent Island Yacht Club. Tickets are $5; children 12 and younger, free. Take exit 41 off U.S. 50 and follow signs to parking lots. Shuttle buses will carry patrons from parking lots to the race course and back all day. Call 410-725-6222 or visit www.kentnarrowsracing.com.

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