JERSEY SHORE - It's time again for the annual Jersey Shore Town Meeting, a weeklong celebration that includes entertainment, food, fireworks, blood pressure screenings and even the crowning of a queen.
The community event starts this weekend with a series of events.
Town Meeting board member Paul Garrett said the Town Meeting really kicked off with Saturday's 5K and 10k runs.
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Members of the Fair Play Men stage a re-enactment of the historic signing of their own Declaration of Independence during a previous Tiadaghton Elm Ceremony, part of the Jersey Shore Town Meeting. At left, Nicole Fultz and Teddy Diemer, both of Williamsport, watch the fireworks from the interstate parapet during Williamsport’s Set the Night to Music Fireworks Extravaganza last year. The area is preparing for a variety of Fourth of July activities and entertainment.
Saturday also included the Queens Tea and Pageant.
Garrett noted that each year a girl is crowned 2014 Queen Tiadaghton. This year's pageant includes 13 girls between the ages of 16 and 21.
"The highlight of the event is Thursday after the parade when we crown the queen," he said.
The ribbon-cutting to officially kick off the Town Hall is set for Monday evening.
"That's when the rides will open," Garrett said. "There is also going to be some check presentations for money donated for new Christmas lights. There will be three checks presented."
The fireworks extravaganza coming on the final evening of the Town Hall always is a long-awaited event, he added.
People can get special discounts on rides during Arm Band Nights Monday and Tuesday. Arm bands are sold each evening.
Other highlights of the Town Meeting include Friday's Tiadaghton Elm Ceremony and the parade on Thursday.
In the Tiadaghton Elm Ceremony, "Fair Play Men" will
dress as militiamen in period costume to re-enact the historic signing of the area's own Declaration of Independence that took place beneath the Tiadaghton Elm in 1776.