Tickets Now On Sale For Annual Benefit Bays Day

BERLIN – Do you need a budget-friendly alternative to the beach that will keep the kids happy and the entire family entertained?  How about if you could benefit a local nonprofit that works to keep our coastal waters swimmable and fishable?  Too good to be true?

Not if you join Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) and the Assateague Coastkeeper at this year’s annual “Benefit the Bays Day” at Jolly Roger to be held Sunday, July 29, at Jolly Roger Amusement Park on 30th St. and Coastal Highway in Ocean City.

Benefit the Bays offers discounted entry to Splash Mountain water park (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and to Jolly Roger’s two mini-golf courses (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and amusement rides (2-6 p.m.).  Play all day on July 29 for just $30 per ticket – a huge savings off the park price —  or save even more with four or more tickets at only $25 each. 

“Benefit the Bays is a chance for local families and visitors alike to beat the heat and support our efforts to keep our bays clean for swimming and fishing,” said Assateague Coastkeeper Kathy Phillips.  “You get a full day of fun for a great price at Ocean City’s premier water and amusement park and at the same time support the Coastkeeper’s in-the-water and on-the-ground efforts to stop pollution in our coastal bays.”

You can also enter to win a "Benefit the Bays" prize package, which will include four free tickets to Jolly Roger for the July 29 event, plus a T-shirt and water bottle from the Assateague Coastal Trust. To enter, "friend" the Assateague Coastkeeper on Facebook and post a photo that illustrates what "swimmable and fishable” coastal waters means to you. Get your friends to "like" your photo on the Assateague Coastkeeper Facebook page. The photo with the most "likes" by 4  p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, will win the prize package. The photo with the second-most "likes" will receive two free tickets to Jolly Roger for July 29.

Tickets are now on sale, and may be purchased by phone at (410-629-1538) or on the web at  You may also purchase tickets at K Coast Surf Shop on 35th Street in Ocean City; The Green Room Beer and Wine on Route 50 in West Ocean City; the Berlin Coffee House on Jefferson Street in Berlin; and at the ACT office on Old Ocean City Boulevard in Berlin.  Tickets will not be sold the day of the event.

Proceeds will benefit the Assateague Coastal Trust’s efforts to protect clean water resources through the Coastkeeper and Coast Kids programs.  No rain date or refunds.  Speedworld and Ziplines not included. Limit two rides on the Wildmouse Rollercoaster.  For more information, visit

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.