18th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic
June 14-15-16, 2018
The fun starts Monday, June 11th, 2018 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 27th.
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 11 – 13 Massive 100 Ton Sponsor Site Created
Wed., June 13 – Sponsors Grand Finale with a Master Group Carve.
Thurs., Fri., & Sat., June 14-15-16 – Solo Competition $15,000 purse and entry awards.
Sat., June 16 – 1:00 – 3:00 PM Voting for People’s Choice Award.
Sat., June 16 at 8:00 PM Awards Ceremony on Sea Shell Stage. Special Fireworks Display at 9:30 PM.
The event is lighted for nightly viewing thru June 27th.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers should fill out the Sand Sculpture Volunteer Form
2018 Sand Sculpting Winners:
1st: Abe Waterman – “Temptation”
2nd: Melineige Beauregard – “Rising”
3rd: Dan Belcher – “Water Dance
4th: Carl Jara- “Influence”
5th: David Andrews – “Ancestral Swirl”
People’s Choice: Carl Jara- “Influence”
Sculptor’s Choice: Marc Lepire – “Wind Lovers”
18th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic Announces Winners
HAMPTON BEACH, NH – June 16, 2018 — The 18th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic in Hampton Beach, NH wrapped up three days of competition on Saturday afternoon. It was right down to the wire for the sand sculptors, some of whom had major portions to complete before the horn sounded at 4 p.m., forcing them to put their tools down. Some of the sculptures were even transformed into masterpieces in the final hours of competition, including the first place winner, Abe Waterman from Prince Edward Island, Canada. His sculpture, “Temptation,” featured a woman in a bottle of alcohol more than 12′ high. Abe explained that the sculpture represented the vices in life, and the back side of the sculpture had a little devil, who seemed like he was up to no good.
The second place winner was Mélineige Beauregard from Montreal, Canada with the sculpture “Rising.” Her sculpture was also more than 12′ tall which brought high marks from the judges. Mélineige used scaffolding to haul 10-tons of sand and water into molds before she could begin carving out her beauty of a sculpture.
Third Place went to Dan Belcher from Missouri. His piece was titled “Water Dance.” Fourth Place was given to Carl Jara from Ohio, with a sculpture he called “Influence.” It depicted two large faces that represented a mother and father with a child hidden within them. He also earned the “People’s Choice” award with this sculpture. Fifth Place was given to David Andrews from Wisconsin with a piece titled, “Ancestral Swirl.” Andrews’ piece featured a lot detail and challenged him to a great deal of technical difficulty. It too was a tall sculpture, standing at between 10′ and 12′ feet.
A memorial sculpture was created to honor Michele Lepire from Quebec, Canada, who passed away suddenly this past year after winning the “People’s Choice Award” in 2017. Lepire, a favorite at Hampton Beach, had vowed to retire last year. In tribute to his many years at Hampton Beach, the sculptors each carved a feather on a peacock, which represented his final piece from the year before, a sculpture called “Seduction.”
The “Sculptor’s Choice” award went to his son, Marc Lepire from Quebec, Canada for his piece titled “Wind Lovers,” which had a message to his father on the back.
The 100-ton sponsor sculpture was series of aliens and flying saucers with the theme, “Out of this World.”
The sculptors carved over three days, from June 14-16, to complete their own solo sculpture using 10 tons of sand. Voting took place and awards were given out on Saturday, June 16. An awards presentation was held on the Sea Shell stage, and was followed by a fantastic fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean. The sculptures will remain on display through June 27th, and will be lit for night viewing.