Sand Sculpture Event

The fun starts Wednesday, June 12th, 2015 when 250 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 July 5th.
Watch Gregory 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.

Schedule for 2015 Master Sand Sculpting Competition:

Mon. – Weds. – June 15 – 18 Massive 150 Ton Sponsor Site Created
Wed., June 17 – Sponsors Grand Finale with a Master Group Carve.
Thurs., Fri., & Sat., June 18-19-20 – Solo Competition $15,000 purse and entry awards.
Sat., June 20 – 1:00 – 4:00 PM Voting for People’s Choice Award.
Sat., June 20 at 8:00 PM Awards Ceremony on Sea Shell Stage. Special Fireworks Display at 9:30.
The event is lighted for nightly viewing thru July 5th.

The $15,000 in purse and entry awards will be distributed as follows:

1st Prize – $3,000
2nd Prize – $2,500
3rd Prize – $2,000
4th Prize – $1,500
5th Prize – $1,000
People Choice – $500
The non-placing sculptors will each receive a $750 prize for competing.

Looking to sponsor or volunteer?

Download the 2015 Sand Sponsor Application

Sponsors should call 603-926-8717.

Volunteers should fill out our Volunteer Form or call Kim at 603-918-6652 to sign up!

Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition Announces Winners

2015 Sand Sculpting Winners

1st: Karen Fralich, “Life”
2nd: Guy-Olivier Deveau, “Entangled”
3rd: Carl Jara, “Role Play”
4th: Abe Waterman, “Sucker Punch”
5th: David Andrews, “Together in the Game of Fate”
Sculptors Choice: Abe Waterman, “Sucker Punch”
Peoples Choice: Justin Gordon, “B.F.F.’s”

HAMPTON BEACH, NH – June 20, 2015 — The Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Competition in Hampton Beach, NH wrapped up three days of competition on Saturday. The first place winner was Karen Fralich from Ontario, Canada with her sculpture “Life”, which depicted the cycle of life, featuring a baby on the front and the face of an older man in the back.

Second place went to “Entangled” by last year’s winner, Guy-Olivier Deveau from Quebec, Canada. The sculpture contained two skeletons which represented the complications of a relationship in which two people become entwined. Third place went to Carl Jara from Cleveland, Ohio with the sculpture titled “Role Play”, which is about the new roles you take on and the roles you shed as you become a parent for the first time. Fourth place and the “Sculptor’s Choice” Award went to Abe Waterman from Prince Edward Island for his sculpture “Sucker Punch”, which portrayed a man punching a large face. As Abe described it, “it shows that feeling you get when you do your taxes and you have to deal with the I.R.S.” And fifth place went to David Andrews from Wisconsin with “Together in the Game of Fate”, a difficult sculpture that depicted toppled chess pieces.

The “People’s Choice” Award went a to Justin Gordon of Groveland, Mass. with “B.F.F.’s”, a sculpture made of an ogre and his “B.F.F”, which is a kitten.

The sculptures this year also included an intricate 3D mural of the “American Spirit” which featured eagles, a Native American Indian and a teepee by Michele Lepire from Charlesbourg, Quebec, Canada and a Trojan Horse called “Flower Power” by Lucinda “Sandy Feet” Wierenga. Greg Grady, Jr. created a warped head titled “Twisted”. Another, “Leap of Faith”, featured a man leaping downward, was created by Damon Langlois from British Columbia, Canada.

The sculptors carved over three days, from June 18-20, to complete their own solo sculpture using 10 tons of sand. Voting took place and awards were given out on Saturday, June 20. The awards presentation, which was held on the Sea Shell stage, was followed by a fantastic fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean. The sculptures will remain on display through July 5th, and will be lit for night viewing.

For photos of the winning sculptures, please visit or the Facebook page,

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