Fun Facts About Funnel Cake History

Walking down the Ocean City boardwalk you’re bound to come across the sweet aroma of funnel cakes drawing you in as you spot employees pouring the batter into frying oil through a funnel, watching as the batter transforms into thin cake swirls, crispy on the outside and doughy on the inside. For many Ocean City first time tourists as well as frequenters, funnel cakes are one of those must try foods of the boardwalk, right up there with Thrasher’s fries. You can go classic with powdered sugar on top or fruity with strawberry topping or maybe you will go for vanilla custard over your cake. Whatever your taste buds desire, the possibilities on the boardwalk are endless.

Powdered sugar is the traditional topping but did you know in the medieval times when they used yeast or sourdough batter, they would actually pour sugar syrup on the cakes and then sprinkle a little salt on top? That sweet and sour contrast actually  sounds pretty interesting and kind of makes you wonder why no one here does it……or do they?? Scavenger hunt anyone?

Fast forwarding to the nineteenth century, these cakes became a treat people typically enjoyed only during the winter holidays but they would  soon became a popular treat enjoyed anytime of the year.

For those Ocean City visitors traveling from Pennsylvania, you’ll be glad to know your Pennsylvanian roots are a major part of our boardwalk! Yes, funnel cakes grew in popularity during the 1950s with the introduction of festivals in Pennsylvania celebrating Dutch culture. You could often find deep fried funnel cakes throughout the festivals for only 25 cents! Can you imagine the line we would see on the boardwalk if they could still be sold for that price?? Probably from North division all the way to Somerset. Well, okay maybe not since there are so many places to choose from, but then again we do love our funnel cakes!

Here’s a proposal, next time you’re visiting Ocean City and get a craving for a funnel cake, why don’t you ask a boardwalk vendor if he/she knows the history their funnel cakes. Do they go even further than Medieval times? Let’s find out! And on that note, I don’t know about you but all this talk of funnel cake has aroused a craving for the sweet and crispy cakes!

The History of Ocean Bowl Skate Park

Now that the Dew Tour approaches us, let’s take a look back at the history of Ocean City’s famous Ocean Bowl Skate Park! Did you know the Ocean Bowl Skatepark located on 3rd street and St. Louis Ave. is the oldest municipal park in the country?!Ocean-Bowl-Skatepark

Image by Ocean Bowl Skatepark via Facebook

Ocean Bowl has continued to evolve during the decades, with its history dating back to the 70s. The idea for Ocean Bowl started in ‘75 but it wasn’t officially opened until the summer of ‘76 and has been attracting Ocean City skaters since. Ocean Bowl has gone through three stages thus far, the first taking place in the 70s with asphalt and the second stage bringing the addition of a steel vert ramp. The third and most recent stage consisted of rebuilding the entire park.

Today skaters can enjoy 17,000 square feet of a concrete based park which includes a pool bowl, a large vert ramp, a mini ramp, an open course with hit walls and hips and a small bowl. Ocean Bowl Skate Park was designed to blend the best of east coast and west coast styles to provide the perfect challenge to Ocean City’s skaters. When you go through Ocean City, and by 3rd street in particular, it’s hard to imagine that there was ever a time that skateboarding wasn’t popular as year after year we see people of all ages skateboarding at Ocean Bowl. But we’re glad that Ocean Bowl remained opened in the highs and lows as it is now a major part of Ocean City’s history. Ocean Bowl has roots so deep in the hearts of those who skate in it as well as those who helped rebuild it.

But, enough nostalgia, because exciting times are near! Come June 29 when the Dew Tour Experience begins, 3rd street is gonna be full of skaters at Ocean Bowl, inspired by the talented professionals who compete for Dew Tour Titles. Don’t miss out on the Dew Tour 2014 taking place right off the boardwalk on the beach-  trust me, it will be hard to miss the set up!

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