MARGATE – Beachstock, the Planet’s Biggest Beach Party, returns to the Granville-Huntington Avenue beach 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 29 with new activites sure to please families and visitors to the seaside resort town. Rain date is Sunday, June 30.
New this year is BAGGO, a cornhole bag toss tournament. Official rules will apply and children and adult teams can compete to win cash prizes. Spectators and guests can watch the tournament from the Colmar Home Center Chill Zone, which features comfy furniture and refreshments.
Also new is free kite flying lessons and kite stunts by Air Circus Kite Shop.
“We look forward to Beachstock, one of the best community events every year, and are excited to add even more kites this year by providing single line and stunt kite demonstrations and lessons on the beach. It’s our pleasure to paint the sky,” Air Circus Kite Shop owner Doug Jewell said.
This year’s exciting island theme will be enhanced with a reggae band, South Pacific Island dancers, and evening showing of the Disney movie, “Moana.”
More than 5,000 visitors are expected to attend the annual event now in its ninth year.
Children and adults can learn to how to limbo and hula with the Tahitian drums and professional Polynesian dancers of the South Pacific Island Dancers troupe. For the first time ever, a special evening performance will feature a Samoan fire knife dance.
A major feature of the 14-hour event is non-stop music on the 100.7 WZXL main stage. Renown reggae band Cheezy and the Crackers will be preforming day and evening sets. The musical line-up includes country singing sensation Nikki Briar, who will have event goers getting “a little bit country” with her dance lessons. USA DJ ENT. brings the party to the beach with a dynamite selection of tunes.
The all-day excitement includes Euro Bungee on the beach, volleyball and lifeguard competitions, crafters, vendors, local retailers, sand sculpting lessons with Matthew Deibert, tow demonstrations, Stacey’s Surf & Paddle free lessons, free skin checks by Dr. Eugene Carroccia, the Margate Fire Department’s Cool Blast, kid’s treasure hunt, Sunny Sunoco’s How to Free Your Tire From the Sand demonstration, face painting, body painting for adults, Wawa giveaways, beer and wine garden and at dusk, a bonfire and the family-friendly Disney movie, Moana. Plus, a daytime visit from Hula Minion.
Beach goers can enjoy delicious hamburgers and ice cream from Margate Dairy Bar and Burger, pizza from Bocca Coal Fired Pizza, mouthwatering seafood from PC Foods, barbecue fare from Double Eagle Saloon, refreshing healthy fruit shakes from California Yogurt, award winning meatballs from Barrels Restaurant and more.
Artisans will be selling their fine crafts, including RaveBandz head bands, White Lotus Boutique essential oils, Busy Bees NJ honey, RD Shadez wooden framed sunglasses, Julia Max Designs and more. Other vendors offering products and information include Colmar Home Center, Bathfitters, Orbit Energy and Power, Heritage Surf and Sports, Larry Campbell of Balsley Losco, Atlantic County Special Services and Renewal by Anderson.
No beach tags are required for the beach festival, which spand the area between the Huntington and Granville avenues, behind the Margate Public Library.
To register for the volleyball or Baggo tournaments visit MargateHasMore.com or sign up on the day of the event.
A complimentary jitney shuttle service will run between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. along Atlantic Avenue between Coolidge and Fredericksburg avenues and the Eugene A. Tighe School.
Beachstock is organized by the Margate Business Association in partnership with Margate City, 100.7 WZXL and 95.1 WAYV.
Check back next week for a complete line-up of activities.