27th Annual Cruisin Weekend Kicks Off On Thursday

OCEAN CITY — The 27th Annual Cruisin Ocean City returns to Ocean City May 18-21, attracting more than 3,500 customs, hot rods, street machines and classics from over 20 states as well as Canada.

Cruisin will have more than 10,000 event participants taking part in various car shows at the Convention Center on 40th Street, the downtown Inlet parking lot and various citywide locations.

Scheduled to appear at this year’s Cruisin will be special guest Erik Estrada, best known for his role on television show “CHiPs”. He will be at the event Friday, May 19 inside the OC Convention Center 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, May 20 at the Inlet 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, May 21 at the Inlet 11 a.m.-1 p.m. signing autographs and posing for pictures. Also joining the fun, from the hit television show “Counting Cars” will be Kevin Mack, who will be meeting and greeting fans, Friday at the Inlet 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday inside the convention center 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Flintstone Mobile Show Car will be on display Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, inside the convention center. Additional entertainment includes live music, BINGO, the giant Jukebox, Seaside Jimmy, Cruisin Gold Deejay and much more.

Thursday night be sure to check out Under the Streetlamp, as they will be rocking the stage of the Ocean City Performing Arts Center, featuring stars from the hit Broadway show “Jersey Boys.” Under the Streetlamp delivers an electrifying evening of classics from the American Radio songbook. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling or visiting the Ocean City Box Office 1-800-OC-OCEAN or Ticketmaster 1-800-551-SEAT.

Another great feature activity held as part of Cruisin is the Express Auctioneer’s Collector Car Auction inside the convention center Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19 featuring hot rods, muscle cars, exotic cars and even a motorcycle. The preview will begin at 9 a.m. and the live auction begins at 11 a.m. both days. This is a great opportunity to sell your ride or pick up a new one just in time for the summer. Scheduled to go across the auction block is a 1930 Pierce Arrow Model “B.” For more information on the auctions, or if you are interested in being a seller or a buyer, visit www.occollectorcars.com or call 410-365-2759.

Some of the country’s top national names will be showcasing their products in manufacturers midway at the Inlet Parking Lot. At the convention center, there will be Treasured Motor Cars and Wears Woody along with additional vendors both inside and outside selling automotive merchandise along with arts and crafts, jewelry, LulaRoe, Scentsy, Lipsense and many other specialty items. There will also be a Swap Meet Friday and Saturday inside the convention center.

Additional Cruisin Ocean City highlights are the special Boardwalk parades that will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings, May 18-20. Staging beings at 27th Street on the Boardwalk and the parades begin at 8 a.m. from North Division Street going south to the Inlet.

On Sunday, the Grand Finale Awards will take place at the beachside Inlet. Before Cruisin comes to an end, there will be more than 500 trophies, plaques and awards presented plus over 3,000 giveaways.

Tickets are $10 a day for Thursday and Sunday and $15 a day for Friday and Saturday, good at both locations. Children under 14 are free with an adult. Show hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday with the Grand Finale Awards starting at 2 p.m.

Visit www.cruisinoceancity.com or call 410-798-6304 for more information.