Members of the Ocean City FOOLS, a local firefighter organization, along with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, held the annual Sham Jam at Cowboy Coast on 17th Street last year. From left, OC FOOL’s Melvin Thomas, Tim Jerscheid, Gary Utz, are joined by Ron Siarnicki, executive director of the national group, Jason Bloom, New York firefighter Jim Martin and Mike Voeltner.

(March 15, 2019) St. Patrick’s Day weekend festivities kick off tonight, Friday, during the 12th annual Sham Jam, with drink specials, live music by Johnny Bling and a 50/50 raffle at Cowboy Coast on 17th Street.

The event benefits the Ocean City FOOLS (Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society) Chapter and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

“It’s a gathering of a good bunch of people throughout the town,” FOOLS Chapter President Tim Jerscheid, said. “You don’t have to be a firefighter or police officer to attend [and] it’s open to the public. It’s a good time and it is an event that is fairly cheap for people.”

Doors open at 5 p.m. for Sham Jam, where a $10 donation includes a souvenir pint glass to fill with beer and liquor specials offered during the event.

Also available will be $5 ice Jameson shots, beer and drink specials, and Sham Jam T-shirts for sale, which will cost $20 each.

Johnny Bling will be providing music from 7 p.m. to midnight, before DJ Wax takes over until 2 a.m.

In addition, the Camden County Pipes and Drum Band are scheduled to make an appearance.

Attendees can participate in a 50/50 drawing, take a ride on the mechanical bull, or enjoy food specials provided by Cowboy Coast. There will also be Jameson giveaways. 

Sham Jam has outgrown several local venues since its inception. This is the third year Cowboy Coast has hosted the event with over 1,000 people attending last year.

“The majority of people we have actually come back through the years,” Jerscheid said. “They found out what our event is about, and it’s something to lead up to the [St. Patrick’s Day] parade on Saturday.”

Last year, around $10,000 was raised for the Ocean City FOOLS and National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, he said.

“Through the years between the event we have on St. Patrick’s Day and during the Firemen’s convention we’ve given almost $50,000 to the Fallen Firefighters Foundation,” Jerscheid said.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters and provide resources to assist their survivors.

“We’re an organization of firefighters who go out to raise money to support the Fallen Firefighters Foundation,” Jerscheid said. “It pays for the transportation and supplies for the families.”

For more information on the local FOOLS chapter, visit the Ocean-City-FOOLS-Alpha-Chapter on Facebook or Learn more about the Fallen Firefighters Foundation at

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