Lucy’s 131st Birthday Celebration is Saturday
Lucy the Elephant, Margate’s beloved pachyderm and National Historic Landmark will celebrate her 131st birthday on Saturday, July 21st.
The celebration kicks off at 10am and runs through 8pm. Organizers hope Lucy fans will use the occasion to “go nuts.”
“Each year, we have a great deal of fun selecting the theme for Lucy’s birthday and this year is no exception”, said Lucy CEO Richard Helfant in a press release. “My Assistant Director, Jeremy Bingaman, and I were sitting in the office tossing around ideas when Jeremy said Lucy should ‘Go nuts.’ And there you have it.”
Joining in this year’s celebration is the ‘Zoo on Wheels,’ the traveling component from the Philadelphia Zoo. Live animal displays will be on hand from 11am to 1pm.
Other attractions include a giant water slide, and 18’ bungee run, a birthday cake bounce, dunk tank, and a junior sports games.
AC Photo of Linwood will also be setting up a special photo booth where visitors will be able to have a commemorative photo taken with Lucy.
And no birthday party would be complete without hotdogs, soda, Philly Pretzels, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, peanuts, and, of course, birthday cake.
Parking can sometimes be challenging at Lucy so organizers have arranged to open the playground at Union Avenue School (Union Avenue between Winchester and Monmouth avenues) as a remote parking facility. A complimentary shuttle, furnished by the Atlantic City Jitney Association, will be running every 15 minutes between the playground and Lucy from 10am to 8pm.
A limited number of special collector’s t-shirts featuring the ‘GO NUTS’ theme will be sold for $15. Visitors can also enter a chance to win a giant Faberge’ egg featuring Lucy.
Evelyn Johnson of Cape May Court House, author of Lucy’s official bedtime storybooks, will be on hand to sign copies of her highly acclaimed children’s books from 10am-4pm.
Tours through the World’s Largest Elephant will be offered every half hour.
Revenue generated from sales throughout the birthday celebration will help offset operating costs and capital improvements to our National Historic Landmark.
Lucy’s regular summer schedule is Monday through Saturday, 10am-8pm and Sundays 10am-5pm.
Check out Lucy’s website at www.lucytheelephant.org.