OCEAN CITY — One of the most popular hot rod shows on the East Coast, the 23rd Annual Cruisin Ocean City returns to Ocean City this weekend.

Officially kicking off yesterday, the nationally recognized event attracts more than 3,200 customs, hot rods, street machines, classics and more from over 20 states plus Canada.

Cruisin will have more than 10,000 event participants taking part in various car shows at the Convention Center on 40th Street, the downtown Inlet parking lot and various citywide locations.

Scheduled to appear at this year’s Cruisin will be “Mountain Man” from the hit TV show Duck Dynasty. He will be at Cruisin on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 signing autographs, posing for pictures and talking about all the fun they have on Duck Dynasty.

Also joining in on the excitement from Speed Channel’s hit television show will be the host of Two Guys Garage, Kevin Byrd. He will be at the show Saturday and Sunday for meet and greets, photo opportunities and autographs. Additional entertainment includes live music by the Justin Myles Experience & Mook Jones, celebrity Stars Deejay, Cruisin Gold Deejay and more.

Another great feature activity held as part of Cruisin is the Express Auctioneers’ Hot Rod and Custom Car Auction. This year it is a two-day event with auctions yesterday Thursday, May 16 and again on Friday, May 17 inside the Convention Center. The preview will begin at 9 a.m. and the live auction begins at noon both days. For more information on the auction, or if you are interested in being a seller or a buyer, visit www.occollectorcars.com or call 443-807-8883.

In addition to the Collector Car Auction, there will be a Special Charity Banner Auction on Saturday, May 18, starting at 11 a.m., inside the Convention Center Ballroom.   

Due to the overwhelming success of last year, returning this year on Saturday night at Hooper’s Crab House in West Ocean City will be the Golden Touch Band. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and is free to everyone. Golden Touch plays a variety of 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and Motown and is sure to have you dancing the night away.

At the Convention Center, attendees will find many other vendors selling automotive merchandise along with arts, crafts, jewelry, T-shirts plus lots of other specialty items both inside and outside.

Cruisin Ocean City is open to spectators from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17-18 at the Convention Center and Inlet Parking Lot. On Sunday, May 19, the show is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Inlet Parking Lot with the awards ceremony beginning at 3 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Convention Center. General spectator admission is $10, good at all locations, children under 14 are free with an adult.

For additional information, visit www.cruisinoceancity.com.