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Mr. Mature America Seeks Contestants for 2022 Pageant

The reigning Mr. Mature Jack Merritt will turn over his crown to a new title holder in April. (Photo courtesy of Ocean City)

Entries are open for contestants in the Mr. Mature America Pageant on April 9, 2022.

Mr. Mature celebrates the achievements of men 55 years and older. The pageant, now in its eighth year, mixes talent, good looks and self-deprecating humor.

The Ocean City Music Pier crowd is raucous and appreciative as the contestants ham it up on stage, competing in talent, poise and interview segments.

If you have what it takes to be the world’s next “Mr. Mature” (or if you can talk somebody into it), complete the online entry form available at ocnj.us/mrmature or email events@ocnj.us for more information. Deadline for sign-ups is March 10.

The event is the first and only pageant of its kind in the United States. Ocean City’s Jack Merritt has held the crown since 2019, the last time the pageant was able to be held. 

Nature and Environmental Fun Day Feb. 19

The Ocean City Environmental Commission will sponsor a free family-friendly Nature and Environmental Fun Day 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Ocean City Music Pier. The event includes zoo animals, crafts, games, a recycling activity and more.

The tentative lineup of participants includes:

  • Cape May County Zoo: animals
  • Cape May County Municipal Utility Authority: recycling information and activity
  • C. Environmental Commission: crafts and native plant seedling origami package and a beach plum planting sign-up
  • Ocean City High School Student Environmental Association: games
  • Bowfish Kids: composting and trash reduction
  • C. Public Works: reusable bags 
The OC-Con Comic Book and Memorabilia Festival returns to the Music Pier in April.


The OC-Con Comic Book and Memorabilia Festival will be held April 2 and 3 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Now in its fifth year, the festival will help kick off Ocean City’s 2022 calendar of special events.

OC-Con features meet-the-artist sessions, discussion panels, costume contests, and the display and sale of comic books and memorabilia. Show hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 2, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 3.

Registration is now open to artists, vendors, and “superhero” runners and obstacle course racers. Visit www.ocnjcon.com for complete information on all of OC-Con.


Girls Weekend will kick off with a local Fashion Show on Friday, April 1.

Shopping and dining specials, accommodation packages, wellness classes, and more will continue throughout the weekend of April 2-3.

The event showcases Ocean City’s downtown shopping district along Asbury Avenue and nearby. Save the date and check back for more information on participating businesses.

Girls Weekend is a popular attraction for friends to shop and dine together in Ocean City. (Photo from 2019 courtesy of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce)