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Father's Day celebrations in South Jersey

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For many, this Sunday is about spending time with Dad.

And in Wildwood, some fathers decided to spend their special day eating curly fries at Morey's pier. It's all a part of the Fourth Annual Curly Fries Eating Contest.

"And we decided to do it because curly fries have been a Morey's Pier staple since 1974. Everyone loves coming here to get curly fries so we thought why not have an event where people can eat as much curly fries as they can," said Maggie Warner, a spokesperson for Morey’s Pier.

"Competitive eating is a really fun sport. You got to be an athlete to do it, but you don't have to be in shape. A big Father's Day and I was a winner no matter what," said Louis Safner, a participant of the contest.

37 people competed in the fry eating contest, and first place scored a $1,000 prize.

But more activities were planned for Dad at the Wildwood Boardwalk Sunday afternoon. Fathers were also able to go on rides for free at Morey's Pier.

"We love coming down to Wildwood. It's almost summertime now. Fathers get to ride for free. We get to bring our kids and have a good time," said a father at Morey’s Pier.

"This is an excellent way to spend Father's Day. I wish we could do this every year," said another father at Morey’s Pier.

And in Atlantic City, at the Oscar E. McClinton Junior Waterfront Park, the Father's Day festivities continued.

Families spent their afternoon barbecuing and enjoying the nice weather.

Kids could take a jump on the moon bounce and even get their faces painted.

"It's great to be out here with the kids on Father's Day. We're having fun. Everybody's getting together and not fighting. We're enjoying ourselves," said Walter Brown, a father from Atlantic City.

Whether it's going on rides, eating curly fries, or enjoying a nice cook out, for many, it's a day to be with the family.

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