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Join us at the Summer Kick-off Party!

Summer is right around the corner. Join your favorite friends from in and out of town to eat, drink, win some amazing prizes (beach badges!) and welcome summer back to town.

Party starts at 6 p.m. at Leggett’s Sand Bar in Manasquan. Tickets are $15 and include one drink and a buffet.

There will be Manasquan season badges given away each hour and a 50/50 raffle.

Tickets are available at Japan Hardware, Manasquan Lighting, Dietrich Opticians, from any tourism member, or at the door.

Questions? Email squantourism@gmail.com. See you there!

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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.”