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Ocean City’s Fastest Babies Crowned at Annual “Pamper Scamper”

Doug Bergen
The fastest babies in town crawled to victory in Ocean City’s annual “Pamper Scamper.”

From Ocean City

OCEAN CITY – More than 40 of the youngest and fastest new Ocean City residents and visitors raced in the Pamper Scamper on Tuesday, Aug. 8. The annual event is a crawling race for children 15 months old and younger. The races start with the competitors in the center of a parachute. First one to crawl to the perimeter and the waiting arms of a parent or guardian is the winner. After several heats divided into age categories, the winners of the championship round were as follows:

- Lucy, 14 months old, Scranton, Pa.
- Jordan, 8 months old, Doylestown, Pa.
- Landon, 11 months old, Middletown, N.J.

Bowfish Kids (956 Asbury Avenue) was the event’s major sponsor, along with the City of Ocean City. The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Gillian’s Wonderland Pier and Johnson’s Popcorn also made donations for gift baskets for the winners.

The Pamper Scamper is a precursor to the 113th annual Ocean City Baby Parade, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 10. The parade features children ages 10 and under cruising the Ocean City Boardwalk in themed strollers, wagons and floats. The parade starts at Sixth Street with children finishing at 12th Street and all other entries continuing to 14th Street. The parade is free to watch from either side of the boardwalk. Spectators are welcome to bring beach chairs to watch from the railing along the ocean side of the boardwalk. On the parade morning, the boardwalk will close to bicycle traffic at 10 a.m.

Competitors up to 15 months old crawled their way to excited parents as crowds gathered along the Boardwalk to watch and cheer on the competitors. Photo by Steffen Klenk.
Photo by Steffen Klenk
Photo by Steffen Klenk
Photo by Steffen Klenk

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