Kayak, paddleboard & canoe races coming this Saturday

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The Manasquan Tourism Commission will host its annual Fun Time Kayak/Paddleboard/Canoe Race this Saturday, July 18, at Stockton Lake.

The races, presented by the tourism commission and sponsored by Manasquan Bank, have become a staple summertime event in the borough, drawing dozens of participants from near and far each year.

“This is a great family event and we encourage everyone to come out for some friendly competition,” tourism commission chair Ray Summers said.

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This year, registration will begin at Axel B. Carlson Park at 9 a.m. Races will begin at 10 a.m.

Race participants navigate an oval course in Stockton Lake that is about one mile long. Races are open to anyone 18 and older, except for the family division, where one member of the team must be between ages 7 and 17.

Kayaks and paddleboards will be available to rent on the day of the races (or participants can bring their own), but participants must bring their own canoes to the races.

Canoes have a $30 entry fee. Double kayaks have a $30 fee, and single kayaks and paddleboards carry a $15 fee.

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Participants must wear life jackets and protective footwear.

Pre-race entrants will receive a race day T-shirt. Trophies are awarded in each category, and all children receive a participation medal.

“We hope to see all our regulars, and plenty of new faces, on the lake this Saturday,” Summers said.

In case of rain, the races will be held on Sunday, July 19. Any changes will be announced via the tourism commission’s website, squantourism.com, Twitter (@squantourism) and Facebook page.

We hope to see everyone there!

Congrats to all our 2014 winners!

Congrats to all our 2014 winners!

2015 calendar of events posted

It’s time to get ready for summer, and we’ve got the events calendar you need right here! Check out what’s going on in Manasquan by downloading this calendar now.

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Download our 2015 calendar here!

If you need to get to it later, just head to our homepage — it’ll be right there the entire summer season.

We hope to see you at any and all of these great town events!

Join us at the Sand Castle Contest this Saturday

The Manasquan Tourism Commission is hosting the annual Sand Castle Contest at Big Sea Day at Riddle Way Beach this Saturday, Aug. 9. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 10.

Registration will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the gazebo at Riddle Way Beach. There are three categories: ages 7 and under, ages 8 to 15, and the family category. Castle builders will build their creations between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Judging will begin at 1 p.m. The winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m. at the Riddle Way Beach Gazebo.

Winners’ categories include first, second and third place, as well as the Mayor’s Trophy, for each age group.

The contest is intended to be fun while recognizing the most clever ideas and craftsmanship. The use of natural materials is an important part of the judging. Use of sea shells, driftwood, and other natural materials from the beach is encouraged. Judges will be looking for the use of natural materials, a good theme, overall skill, and creativity.

The contest is free to all participants. The Manasquan Tourism Commission has proudly hosted this contest for the past 11 years; it is one of the commission’s many summer events.

“The tourism commission looks forward to the Sand Castle Contest and Big Sea Day all year long,” event chair and Councilman Michael Mangan said. “This family-friendly summer fun event is always a good time for the kids and adults alike. We are looking forward to seeing the same creativity and ingenuity that accompanies the Sand Castle Contest every year.”

Independence Day celebration moved to Saturday

july4The Manasquan Tourism Commission’s Fourth of July Gala Celebration has been moved to Saturday, July 5, in anticipation of inclement weather. The schedule remains the same, though, and we hope to see you there!

The day will begin with our annual Patriotic Bicycle Decorating Contest at 5:15 p.m. at the Little League Field.

A parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Manasquan Coast Guard Station and make its way up to the beach. A concert featuring Billy Lawlor will begin at 7:30 p.m.

After the concert, our fantastic fireworks display will follow. A big thank you to Leggett’s and The River House, who are sponsoring the event.

Join us for our Gala Fourth of July Celebration!

06_13_2013_us-flagThe Manasquan Tourism Commission will again fête the Fourth of July in style with our gala celebration on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

The day will begin with our annual Patriotic Bicycle Decorating Contest at 5:15 p.m. at the Little League Field.

A parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Manasquan Coast Guard Station and make its way up to the beach. A concert featuring Billy Lawlor will begin at 7:30 p.m.

After the concert, our fantastic fireworks display will follow. The rain date for the gala celebration and all it entails is July 5.

A big thank you to Leggett’s and The River House, who are sponsoring the event.

We hope to see you there!

 

Help us celebrate the beach reopening on Thursday!

Layout 1This Thursday, May 22, join the Manasquan Tourism Commission in celebrating the beach reopening at our annual Cocktail Kickoff!

For just $15, enjoy a drink and a full buffet at Leggett’s Sand Bar on First Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m. There will also be a beach badge giveaway.

This year’s Cocktail Kickoff is more special than usual — we’re celebrating our new, wider beaches, replenished over the winter by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ beach replenishment project. Even more room to spread out this summer!

Tickets are available in advance at Manasquan Lighting, The Coast Star, The Corner Bagelry, and Jaspan Hardware. They can also be purchased from any member of the tourism commission.

We hope to see you at Leggett’s on Tuesday! Until then, here are some recent photos of our beautiful beach and everyone’s favorite inlet.

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