Margate to Mark Lucy the Elephant’s 140th Birthday

The all-day celebration will also serve as a fundraiser for her continued preservation.

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Lucy the Elephant. Courtesy of Wikimedia/Acroterion

How do you blow out all the candles on your cake when you turn 140? It’s a tall order—even when you stand six stories high like Lucy the Elephant.

The city of Margate will mark Lucy’s 140th birthday on Saturday, July 17, with an all-day celebration that will raise money for the preservation of the Jersey Shore’s iconic wood-and-tin elephant. (Rain date: Sunday, July 18.)

The pachyderm party will run 10 am–8 pm and will include a trackless train ride, 9-hole miniature golf course and other rides, games and inflatables. There will also be hot dogs, funnel cakes and refreshments, as well as appearances by Mackie the Stiltwalker. The Save Lucy Committee will break out Lucy’s cake at 3 pm.

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Tours will be conducted inside Lucy every 45 minutes throughout the day. Over the years, Lucy’s capacious interior has served as a restaurant, apartment and, most recently, an Airbnb. Lucy was declared a national landmark in 1976.

Collectible T-shirts will be on sale at the party, with all proceeds going toward Lucy’s resurfacing project, to begin this fall.

Check out Lucy’s website for more information.

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