Annual Sand Competition Returns to NH Beach

Titled "It's No Yolk", this sculpture was one year's first place winner.

Hampton Beach in New Hampshire will feature quite a few photo-ops, as well as “Oohs” and “Aahs”, these upcoming weeks. Beginning on June 19, when 250 tons (that’s 500,000 pounds) of sand is dumped on the beach for the annual sand sculpting competition.

This year marks the 13th annual Sand Sculpting Competition on the beach. Greg Grady and the “Grady Bunch” will work to prepare the sight for the upcoming competitions. The competition will end June 22 with an award ceremony at 8 PM, followed by fireworks at 9:30 PM. Lights illuminate the site of the sculptures through July 7.

Twelve Masters of the Sand Sculpture Universe will compete for over $15,000 in prizes. All competitors participate through a strict invitation only policy and come from across the world. They create original works of art using nothing but sand, water, and creativity. The sculptures are sprayed with a windscreen to protect them from the elements once completed, offering weeks of enjoyment for spectators.The competition began in 2000 when Greg Grady was requested to create the tail side of the New Hampshire State quarter during the Hampton Beach Children’s Festival. The following year, the first annual competition was held and has continued since.

So grab your cameras, beach towels, and bathing suits (if you dare) and visit Hampton Beach this weekend for amazing sculptures and colorful sails! Hampton’s just shy of an hour from Londonderry!


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