Miss New Jersey Pageant Returns to Ocean City

The Miss New Jersey Pageant will be held in Ocean City for the 21st consecutive year in 2017, and the pageant includes four days of events that are open to the public. The winner of the pageant will be crowned on Saturday evening, June 17 and move on to represent New Jersey in the Miss America Pageant on Sept. 10 in Atlantic City.

The public can get a glimpse of all 28 Miss New Jersey contestants during a free parade that starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 and proceeds from Sixth Street to 14th Street on the Ocean City Boardwalk. This year’s theme is “Television Comes Alive on the Boardwalk,” and the contestants will be dressed according to the theme. In a longstanding pageant tradition, they also will “show their shoes.” The parade also includes marching bands, entertainers, community groups and local business entries.

Pageant preliminary competitions will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15 and Friday, June 16 on the Ocean City Music Pier. The preliminaries include swimsuit and talent competitions, and interview questions, among other show elements. Our reigning Miss New Jersey, Brenna Weick, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the pageant finale at the Music Pier at 7 p.m. Saturday. Action News 6-ABC weather anchor Karen Rogers will host the pageant all three nights. She’ll be joined by a co-host and former Miss New Jersey, Dena Blizzard, on Thursday evening.

Contestants with local ties include Natalie Ragazzo, a former Little Miss Ocean City, and Madison Kennelly, a former Ocean City Intermediate School student.

Remaining tickets are $45 to $65 and available at www.showtix4u.com.