Clamshell pitching, a South Jersey tradition that dates back
over a hundred years, was played on the Cape May beaches today as residents,
tourists, and Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders kick off the summer tourism
The 2nd annual "Clam-A-Rama" was held in Cape
May on Saturday afternoon.
Joe McGettigan, founder of Clam Drain, explained, "Why
we're doing it today is to kick off the summer season."
On the surface, it may look like just another beach game, but
to the players in the Clam-A-Rama clamshell pitching tournament in Cape May,
this tradition means the start of summer on the Cape Island.
Colleen Buckley, Vice President of Marketing for Cape Resorts,
explained, "Well it's the kick off of summer! The Beach Shack opens this weekend, with the
Rusty Nail, so what better way to kick off the summer than a good, old
fashioned clam pitching tournament?"
For those unfamiliar with the sport, clam shell pitching is
played just like horse shoes but you toss a clam shell instead of a horse shoe
and you dig a hole in the sand which acts as the metal stake.
With 18 teams playing in the tournament, Philadelphia Eagles
cheerleaders were on hand to pump up the competition.
Some participants came all the way from Florida for the day's event. Ed Forler, a participant in the tournament,
said, "I came from Miami Florida up here to do the Clam-A-Rama and to
enjoy the summer and to kick off the summer in Cape May to remind me of my
The tournament was followed with food and drink specials at the
Beach Shack and Rusty Nail, which both opened for the summer season on Saturday. Buckley added, "Well really everything
is starting now. This weekend is the
kickoff of the whole summer and all of the hotels are open, all of the
restaurants are open in Cape May so it's a
great summer tradition."
The Boyle family won the tournament and said, "Excellent
choice - it was a great day of fun."
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