Monster trucks will live up to their name in Wildwood this weekend.

Anthony Smedile

Fall is in the air, but the events keep on coming in the Wildwoods, as another weekend of fun ranging from monster truck matches to old-time Italian music and food help extend the summer season.

The Olde Time Italian Festival at Fox Park in Wildwood kicks off the weekend on Friday, Sept. 27, with authentic Italian foods, merchandise and live entertainment through Saturday, Sept. 28. Throughout the weekend the Wildwoods welcomes the Monster Mash Truck Races, featuring monster truck competitions and freestyle shows on the beach.

On Sunday, Sept. 29, Morey’s Piers will host their annual farewell to summer with Super Sunday, featuring discounted wristbands, prizes and entertainment.

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Monster Mash Truck Races

Bigfoot, Warwizard, Snakebite, Instigator and Viper — KSR Motorsports will once again bring out the heavy hitters of monster-truck racing to the beach for Wildwood Motor Events’ Monster Mash Truck Races, beginning Friday, Sept. 27, and running through Sunday, Sept. 29.

The races will feature the country’s biggest trucks squaring off on a custom beach race course, located on the Wildwoods beach between Spicer and Spencer avenues, for their chance to win the title of “King of the Beach.”

The weekend kicks off with a Friday night show from 7 to 9:30 p.m., followed by two competitions on Saturday — one from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and a second from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday’s competition will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. There will also be a free pit party before each of Saturday’s races as well as before the final competition on Sunday.

The weekend will also feature food and merchandise vendors as well as monster-truck rides on the beach. Races take place rain or shine.

General admission tickets for Friday are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $22 for adults and $17 for children. Multi-day ticket packages are available for both adults and children. Gates will open one hour before the start time of each race.

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Olde Time Italian Festival

Old world Italy once again comes to Wildwood during the 9th Annual Olde Time Italian Festival, taking place on Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 28.

The Sons of Italy of Wildwood host the event, which takes place in Fox Park, located on Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery avenues across from the Wildwoods Convention Center.

The free two-day festival celebrates Italian culture with Italian crafts, authentic Italian cuisine, rides and games for the children, contests and free live entertainment. Visitors can find Italian-made goods, crafts and merchandise, including pastas, sausages, chicken cutlets, clams, tiramisu, cannoli and more.

The Olde Time Italian Festival kicks off 5 p.m. Friday with the Procession of Saints Mass, followed by live entertainment from Giovani, Rocket 88, 45 RPM and Tom Pisi & the Wildness from 6 to 11 p.m.

Saturday’s festivities will include live performances from noon to 3 p.m., a grape-stomping contest and a spaghetti-eating contest from 3 to 4:30 p.m., followed by more live entertainment until 10:30 p.m.

Saturday’s entertainment lineup includes the John Walters Band, Wayne & Jamie & Aquanets, Just in Time, Sonny Averone & Johnny Bones, Tre Bella and Skyliners.

Call 609-374-0016 or go to

Mid-Atlantic Police

and Fire Survivors Weekend

The dedication and sacrifice of the families of fallen first responders will be honored this weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Police and Fire Survivors Weekend (MAPFSW), taking place from Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 29.

The Mid-Atlantic Law Enforcement Survivor Weekend joined forces with The Cape May County Police & Fire Emerald Society to announce the creation of a weekend that will recognize both police and fire survivors. The three-day weekend will include the delivery of the ceremonial wreath by the Philadelphia Police Dragon Boat Team at North Wildwood Municipal Boat Ramp, a picnic at Cape May County Park and Zoo and a candlelight vigil at the Municipal Amphitheater, including a solemn procession and wreath laying ceremony.

MAPFSW recognizes the survivors of fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters, including family members and co-workers. The weekend focuses on survivors from New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. The event is hosted annually by the North Wildwood Police Department.

Call 609-522-2411 or go to

Wild Thang ’13

Chrysler Car Show

An all-Chrysler car show returns to Wildwood with the Wild Thang ‘13 Chrysler Car Show, taking place Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28.

Cars will be displayed on the Wildwood Boardwalk 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. A Saturday night block party with Doug the DJ will follow at the Imperial 500 for participants. The car show is free for spectators.

Call 860-388-6441 or go to

Morey’s Piers Super Sunday

Morey’s Piers will celebrate their annual farewell to summer with Super Sunday — a day full of games, prizes and reduced admission prices.

On Sunday, Sept. 29, visitors to Mariner’s Landing can purchase an unlimited ride wristband for $25 to use from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children can enjoy free face painting, strolling entertainment, pumpkin decorating and prizes and giveaways. New this year, fans can cast votes in the first-ever Curley Fry Dipping Contest, where five Facebook finalists will compete for $500.

Call 609-522-3900 or go to


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