Ocean City will host its annual July Jubilee June 24-28, a week worth of wacky, family-fun activities meant as a prelude to the city's Fourth of July weekend festivities.

"It's a week filled with weird contests for all ages leading up to the City's Fourth of July celebration," said Ocean City publicist Mark Soifer. "It was first started to give people who were coming in early for the Fourth of July a nice event. We host a popular Weird Week every August, and this is a lot like that."

July Jubilee will include a week of wacky contests held daily starting at 11 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The week's contest lineup includes a taffy sculpting contest on Monday, a French fry sculpting contest on Tuesday, "That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles," a huge cookie sculpting contest sponsored by Ward's Pastry in Ocean City, on Wednesday, along a superhero impersonation contest, (costumes encouraged,) that day, a paper clip art contest on Thursday and Xtreme Hermit Crab Wrestling on Friday.

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"We put the crabs on their shells and see which one can flip over first," Soifer said.

Participation in all of the July Jubilee contests is free and open to the whole family, with several age divisions including ages 5 and younger, ages 6-8, ages 9-12, teens and adults. Prizes and participation ribbons will be awarded to all participants, "so they can brag that they participated in July Jubilee" Soifer said. Participants will also get a voucher for one free ride at Gillian's Wonderland Pier per contest participation.

For more information call 609-525-9300.

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