O.C. hosts pro volleyballThe Eastern Volleyball Association's...


O.C. hosts pro volleyball

The Eastern Volleyball Association's Pro Beach East Volleyball tour makes its first stop of the summer in Ocean City this weekend. Sixteen two-man teams are competing today at the volleyball nets on the beach at Dorchester Street. At stake is $6,000 in prize money.

Frank and Richard Hall of Bethany Beach, Del., longtime East Coast champions, are sure to be the local favorites for the double-elimination tourney, which is expected to attract volleyball professionals from around the country.

The 16-city Pro Beach East Volleyball Tour will conclude in Ocean City with the $30,000 Pro Beach East Championship Aug. 3-4. While this weekend's tournament is limited to men on the pro tour, there is a contest the O.C. locals can enter: the $500 Golden Girl Bikini Contest, held during each contest. Sign up at the tournament's merchandising booth.

Firemen parade their stuff

The largest parade in Maryland will take place Wednesday when the Maryland State Fireman's Association wraps up its three-day 99th conference with the annual procession down Baltimore Avenue. Rain or shine, the fun starts at 2 p.m. at Worcester Street, and the parade is expected to last nearly five hours.

Six hundred units from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia and Washington will take part, including fire trucks, marching units, color guards and bands. Their audience will include the 30,000 volunteer and paid firefighters, auxiliary members and families here for the annual convention.

Paddle your way along Pocomoke

The third annual Pocomoke River Canoe Challenge will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The 12-mile marathon-style race originates at Sturgis Park in Snow Hill and concludes at Cypress Park in Pocomoke City. Spectators can catch a glimpse of the action from Milburn Landing or Winter Quarters.

The race will arrive in Pocomoke City during the annual Cypress Festival, which features regional foods, crafts and musical entertainment, as well as native American dance performed by Nanticoke Indians.

Registration for the canoe race takes place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in Sturgis Park, followed by a pre-race breakfast for participants. Day-of-race registration is $20 per person. Racers receive a T-shirt, and the top three finishers will take home trophies for their efforts. For more information, call 957-1334.

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