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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers should fill out the Sand Sculpture Volunteer Form
2017 Sand Sculpting Winners
1st: Melineige Beauregard – “Dance of the Undefined”
2nd: Abe Waterman – “Get Out of the Box”
3rd: Karen Fralich – “Tiny Warrior”
4th: David Andrews – “Hands of Fate”
5th: Carl Jara – “I Can’t Get this out of my Mind”
Sculptors Choice: Abe Waterman – “Get Out of the Box”
Peoples Choice: Michael Lepire – “Seduction”
Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic Announces Winners
HAMPTON BEACH, NH – June 17, 2017 — The Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Competition in Hampton Beach, NH wrapped up a weekend of competition on Saturday afternoon. Torrential downpours left some of the sculptors racing to repair their sculptures by their Saturday afternoon deadline. Finally, the sculptors completed their solo pieces and the first place winner was Melineige Beauregard from Montreal, Canada. Her sculpture, “Dance of the undefined” was a woman with her hands in the air. Beauregard explained that it represented that we are constantly changing and yet some aspects of us stay the same.
The second place winner was Abe Waterman from Prince Edward Island with the sculpture “Get out of the Box.” He took second place despite a near collapse due to heavy rain overnight. Abe was also awarded the “Sculptor’s Choice” Award, a highly desirable award, because it represents the admiration of the sculptor’s peers. Third place was given to Karen Fralich of Toronto, Canada for her sculpture, “Tiny Warrior.” Fourth place went to David Andrews for “Hands of Fate.” Finally, Carl Jara took home fifth place for “I can’t get this out of my mind.”
The highly coveted “People’s Choice Award” was given to Michel Lepire from Quebec, Canada who appeared at Hampton Beach for his final competition before his retirement. The title of his sculpture, “Seduction,” featured two peacocks in love. Lepire, a favorite at Hampton Beach, celebrated his 70th birthday Saturday. His sculpture was a perfect parting gift to Hampton Beach goers who have always supported his very detailed and intricate work by frequently awarding him the “People’s Choice Award.”
The sponsor sculpture was series of sand castles with the theme, “We Make Dreams Come True.”
Sculptor Justin Gordon created a personal piece that represented his mother in the afterlife. The sculpture was titled “Gazing Life Beyond.” And Quebec’s Marc Lepire created a sculpture for his children and all fans of baseball, featuring the Red Sox, called “Grand Slam.”
The sculptors carved over three days, from June 15-17, to complete their own solo sculpture using 10 tons of sand. Voting took place and awards were given out on Saturday, June 17. 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 28th, and will be lit for night viewing.