Rain Doesn’t Deter Buyers at Ocean City Block Party

Purchasers carry umbrellas and stroll the downtown for items and an array of food stuff.


The Ocean City Spring Block Occasion didn’t convey with it sunny skies Saturday or heat temps, for that make a difference, typically involved with the blockbuster party 12 months just after calendar year.

But it did bring a great deal of people who opted to dress for the occasion, tote their umbrellas and just have a great time — getting merchandise from seaside gear to trinkets to residence goods, to feeding on a ton of baked items and other food.

The rain pelted Asbury Avenue in the late early morning and early afternoon. Cloud cover still left the skies grey.

But crowds ongoing to appear, search vendor tables, wait around in line for fresh new lower flowers, try to eat their favourite food items and pay attention to the live enjoyment.

Dave Hiester, of Cherry Hill, his daughter, Maeve, 4, and his parents Michelle and Kim Hiester, of Sicklerville, alongside with pooch, Murphy, make the most out of the soggy working day.

Dave Hiester, of Cherry Hill, and his daughter, Maeve, 4, walked down the avenue with his mom and dad, Michelle and Kim Hiester, of Sicklerville, with their canine, Murphy, and an umbrella in hand.

“Even even though it’s raining, it is nonetheless pleasant to be out supporting nearby companies,” Dave Hiester explained.

Even though the family was having fun with some time purchasing, Maeve’s twin sister, Mallory, and other sister, Madeleine, were getting their hair braided at a nearby vendor table, Hiester mentioned.

“It’s just great for us and the little ones,” Michelle Hiester mentioned, ahead of heading to the family’s following quit, a booth that sold Italian food items.

A lot more than 350 crafters, foodstuff suppliers and entertainers lined a mile of downtown Asbury Avenue among Fifth Street and 14th Road. The live enjoyment was in Mark Soifer Park and served as qualifications songs for the duration of the celebration, which went from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Donahue relatives, of Mullica Hill, will get completely ready for warmer days with some beach front balls.

Michael Allegretto, aide to Mayor Jay Gillian, reported the party, which is sponsored by the Ocean Town Regional Chamber of Commerce, is generally a good time for families.

“Rain or shine, the block social gathering is often a good celebration in the downtown,” Allegretto said. “It is just one of the yearly situations that our local residents and visitors glimpse forward to each calendar year. People today enjoy obtaining foodstuff and items from their beloved vendors.”

Just about every year, the block get together allows attract tens of 1000’s of people today to Ocean Town for a pre-summer season weekend of fun,

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spring Block Party was not held in 2020 and 2021. So, Saturday was additional special for families with the return of the mega-function.

Carrie Mehl, of Harleysville, Pa., with 5-calendar year-previous daughter, Sutton, browse the Ocean City Theatre Corporation desk.

Jack Donahue, 8, and his 9-year-previous sister, Brooke, held seaside balls as they walked with their dad and mom and checked out some summer season-themed vendor booths, which drew the interest of strollers in spite of the wet weather conditions.

“Our up coming end is to get some pies,” reported Laura Donahue, Jack and Brooke’s mother. “This is our initial Spring Block Celebration in Ocean City, and it is enjoyment. But I am sure it would be improved if it didn’t rain.”

Carrie Mehl, of Harleysville, Pa., and her daughter, Sutton, 5, and mother, Marsha Stevens, loved a “girls’ working day.”

“The males stayed dwelling,” Mehl reported with a chuckle. “We are undertaking fun things together now.”

As for the weather, the Mehls and Stevens didn’t look to intellect it much too considerably as they seemed at some details on the Ocean Town Theatre Corporation desk.

“It’s a ton a lot more exciting than staying dwelling,” Stevens said.

Consumers line up to invest in bouquets.
Customers of the Ocean Town Trade Club make burgers and hotdogs for attendees.
Associates of the Knights of Columbus communicate with block social gathering patrons.
VFW Write-up 6650 members duck underneath a tent for address from the rain.