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Ocean City Announces “Night in Venice” Sponsors

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OCNJ Watersports is one of the top sponsors of the Night in Venice boat parade in July. (Photos courtesy of Ocean City)

Two presenting sponsors will help add prizes and excitement to the 2024 Night in Venice in Ocean City on July 20.

Acme Markets returns as a presenting sponsor, and OCNJ Watersports will return this year (after its sister business, the Jet Drive Boat Exchange, was a presenting sponsor last year). ACME and OCNJ Watersports made cash and in-kind contributions to help enhance the 69th annual event this year.

“Best in Show” prizes (for boats over and under 24 feet) will include a $1,000 gift card to OCNJ Watersports (Beachy Tiki boat tours, Totally Tubular Watersports or Totally Tubular Aqua Park). The prize is good for one private tiki boat charter for up to 32 guests, but it also could be broken down and used for any of the OCNJ Watersports activities.

Prizes for the other boat parade categories (“Best Decorated,” “Best Comic,” “Best Original” and “Best Musical” for boats over and under 24 feet) will include a $300 gift card to OCNJ Watersports for first place, $200 gift card for second place, and $100 gift card for third place.

Acme is a sponsor.

Prizes for the 14 zones in the house-decorating contest will include a $100 gift card to OCNJ Watersports for first place, $75 gift card for second place, and $50 gift card for third place.

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will donate a one-year membership and two marketing email blasts (combined $600 value) to the “Best Commercial Entry” and “Best Community Organization/Non-Profit Entry” categories in the boat parade.

Acme Markets – with locations at Eighth Street and 34th Street in Ocean City – provides catered food trays to the lead entries in the boat parade.

The optional theme of “Summertime Vibes: A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett” will provide a chance to celebrate the music and carefree persona of the songwriter, who passed away in September.

A fireworks display over the bayfront will return after the boat parade. Entries for boats and homes are currently being accepted online at www.ocnj.us/NIV or by calling 609-399-6111.