17th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic
June 15-17, 2017
The fun starts Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 when 200 tons of imported sand is dropped on Hampton Beach and the “Grady Bunch” starts pounding up the sponsor site. The entire area is illuminated for night viewing through June 28th.
Watch Greg Grady and “The Grady Bunch” build a mammoth Sand Demo Site. View all entries on line at this website. The competition is by invitation only. The event is funded by the Hampton Beach Village District and Sponsors, in cooperation with The Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce and The NH Division of Parks.
Mon. – Wed. – June 12 – 14 Massive 100 Ton Sponsor Site Created
Wed., June 14 – Sponsors Grand Finale with a Master Group Carve.
Thurs., Fri., & Sat., June 15-16-17 – Solo Competition $15,000 purse and entry awards.
Sat., June 17 – 1:00 – 3:00 PM Voting for People’s Choice Award.
Sat., June 17 at 8:00 PM Awards Ceremony on Sea Shell Stage. Special Fireworks Display at 9:30.
The event is lighted for nightly viewing thru June 28th.
1st Prize – $3,000
2nd Prize – $2,500
3rd Prize – $2,000
4th Prize – $1,500
5th Prize – $1,000
People Choice – $500
Sponsors should call Greg at 603-548-6002 or email him at email@example.com.
Volunteers should fill out the Sand Sculpture Volunteer Form
2016 Sand Sculpting Winners
1st: Guy-Olivier Deveau, “Rising from the Abyss”
2nd: Abe Waterman, “All Together Now”
3rd: David Andrews, “Emerge”
4th: Carl Jara, “Dada Read”
5th: Karen Fralich “Phoenix Rising”
Sculptors Choice: Guy-Olivier Deveau, “Rising from the Abyss”
Peoples Choice: Justin Gordon, “She Loves Me”
Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic Announces Winners
HAMPTON BEACH, NH – June 18, 2016 — The Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Competition in Hampton Beach, NH wrapped up a weekend of competition on Saturday. The first place winner was Guy-Olivier Deveau from Quebec with the sculpture “Rising from the Abyss.” Abe Waterman from Prince Edward Island took second place with the gender-bending sculpture “All Together Now.” Third place went to David Andrews from Wisconsin with the sculpture “Emerge,” which portrayed a flower emerging from the earth. Fourth place was the sculpture “Dada Read” made by Carl Jara of Cleveland, Ohio. The sculpture represented a toddler’s first words to her father. And fifth place went to Karen Fralich of Toronto with the sculpture “Phoenix Rising,” which was done in tribute to a friend who had passed away just before the competition.
The “People’s Choice” Award was given to Justin Gordon from Groveland, Mass. for the sculpture, “She Loves Me,” which featured an ogre picking the petals from a sunflower and landing on “She Loves Me.” Gordon explained that the sculpture was inspired by his love life over the previous several months. Sculptor’s Choice was won by Guy-Olivier Deveau from Quebec for “Rising From the Abyss.”
The sculptures this year ranged from a Selfie made from sand to a father reading to his daughter, a group of owls, and a flower emerging in the spring.
The sculptors carved over three days, from June 16-18, to complete their own private sculpture using 10 tons of sand. Voting took place and awards were given out on Saturday, June 18 and the Awards Presentation was followed by a fireworks display. The sculptures will remain on display through July 6th, and will be lit for night viewing.