HIGHLANDS, N.J. – IS STRONGER THAN THE STORM. Discover the true meaning of “Succulent Seafood” at the Highlands Business Partnership’s 19th Annual Clam Festival from August 1st – 4th at Huddy Park on Bay & Waterwitch Avenues. The Clam Festival is a four-day action packed event featuring the freshest seafood, live entertainment, kiddy rides, games, contests, a beer and wine garden, and more. Admission and parking is free, and the event takes place rain or shine.

The 19th Annual Clam Fest will feature a Beer and Wine Garden on the corner of Waterwitch and Bay Avenues sponsored by Shore Point Distributing Company.

The midway is proudly presented by Campy’s Amusements. “Campy’s Amusements is a superb family owned and operated company,” said Carla Cefalo-Braswell. “Their rides are not only the cleanest, but they are STRONGER THAN THE STORM,” she added.


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Portions of Waterwitch and Bay Avenues will be closed to street traffic to accommodate the specialty vendors’ marketplace and the succulent food court with many popular Highlands’s restaurants such as Bahrs, Chilangos, Francesco’s, Lusty Lobster, Moby’s, and Windansea. Twin Concessions will provide other festival favorites such as sausage and peppers and cheese steaks. The Highlands Fire Department BBQ tent will have their famous ribs, burgers, hot dogs and more. There will be plenty of novelty foods such as the Lions Club funnel cakes, fruit smoothies, ice cream, and much more.

On Thursday, August 1st, the action takes place from 6:00 – 10:00 PM. Opening night is “Pay One Price Bracelet Night,” when visitors can enjoy the amusement rides all night from 6:00 -10 pm. The Jody Joseph Band will perform, and DJ Johnny will emcee the festival and play all your favorite tunes.

Clamfest hours are 6:00 – 11:00 PM on Friday, August 2nd, with entertainment by Highlands very own, the famous Carl Gentry Band from 6:45-10:45PM. On Saturday, August 3rd, the festival begins at noon with the Highlands Community Singers featuring their hit, “Happy As A Clam”; Crimson Sky takes the stage from 1:00 – 2:30 PM followed by the Bob Burger Band from 3:00 – 7:00PM. The Jonzes will be performing from 7:00 – 11:00.

Clamfest hours on Sunday, August 4th, are noon to 8:00 PM with Pay-One-Price ride bracelets available from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. The popular BABY COSTUME CONTEST, “A Day at the Shore” directed by Tim Hill, the Borough Administrator and the Highlands Department of Recreation takes place at 1:00 pm on Sunday in Huddy Park. The Clamfest’s world-class CLAM-SHUCKING COMPETITION kicks off at 3:00 PM sponsored by Lusty Lobster and has a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizewinner to the person who finishes shucking their Clams first. The famous ALL YOU CAN EAT CLAM CONTEST, sponsored by Certified Clam Company, will begin promptly at 3:30 pm. This is also a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize contest to the person who can eat the most clams from their bucket in five (5) minutes. The ALL YOU CAN EAT CLAM CONTEST will be limited to twenty entries. Registration for ALL Contests begins at noon. At 4:00 PM, the Kootz Band will take the stage. The Highlands Business Partnership’s “King of the Clam” super 50/50 drawing will be drawn on Sunday, August 4th.

Clamfest 2013 is made possible with the generous support of sponsors including Seastreak, Comcast NBC Universal, WRAT 95, Frank Rahm Landscaping, Hufnagel Tree Experts, T&M Associates, and the Shore Point Distributing Company.

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...