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Sand Sculpture Event 2014

The fun starts Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 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 6th. 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. Interested Master Sand Sculptors may contact event co-organizer: 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.

Interested sponsors or volunteers should contact us at or fill out our VOLUNTEER FORM or call Kim at 603-918-6652 to sign up!

Check out our past Sand Sculpting Sponsors!

Download the 2014 Sand Sculpting sponsorship information.

How it Started - How its Grown

It all began in 2000 with twenty-five cents. One quarter. The New Hampshire Quarter to be precise.

Local artist and master sand sculptor Gregory Grady was commissioned by the U.S. Mint to create a larger than life replica of the new tail side edition New Hampshire quarter out of ten tons of sand during the Hampton Beach Children's Festival. At the time, it was just a part if the statewide celebration held for the release of that coin. It was something Hampton Beach had never seen the likes of before!

Fortunately, it was something Hampton Beach would see again. The following year, the first annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpture Competition was held. When 220 tons of imported sand was trucked into the beach with Gregory Grady and his 'bunch' laboring for five days on the sponsor site followed by a three day competition of ten world class masters creating their own unique sculpture, a new era was born and sand sculpture had arrived to the northeast. Over the course of the event nothing but sand, water, and a bit of their own creativity is used to create astonishing works of art out of shapeless heaps of sand. When completed they are sprayed with windscreen (a solution of school glue and water) to protect them from the elements and remain standing for viewing for weeks creating a free museum of master pieces on the beach.

This invitational only event has grown in leaps and bounds making it the largest Masters competition in the Northeast United States. This year Hampton Beach will feature a sponsor site of 150 tons, Ten world class masters vying for $15,000.00 in purse and entry awards, free lessons and will be illuminated at night for viewing and much much more. Hampton has attracted the attention of millions of visitors who came to watch something which is part sculpture part performance art.

It is something you have to see in person to believe.

Because Hampton has great world class sand sculpting and a whole lot more!

Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition Announces Winners

June 22, 2013 - For Immediate Release
Winners announced for Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Competition

HAMPTON BEACH, NH - June 22, 2013 -- The Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Competition in Hampton Beach, NH wrapped up a weekend of competition on Saturday. The first place winner was Carl Jara from Lyndhurst, OH with the sculpture "Infinity." The sculpture depicted a man face with multiple continuous faces in his hand. Carl, who also won the "People's Choice" Award, will receive an invitation to the World Championships.

Second place went to Guy-Olivier Deveau from Quebec, Canada with the sculpture, "Phasing," a metamorphosis of a woman turning into a block. Third place went to Marc Lepire, also from Quebec, Canada. His sculpture, "Protector of the Future," which depicted a baby with four faces in a globe, represening the four elements: Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. Fourth place was the sculpture, "Mirror, Mirror" made by Karen Fralich of Ontatio, Canada who just returned from Atlantic City where she took first place in the World Championship. And fifth place went to Justin Gordon of Groveland, MA with the sculpture "Legislated Liberty," representing a bald eagle chained to a gavel. The "Sculptor's Choice" Award went to Greg Grady, Jr. with his sculpture, "To the Moon." The sculptures this year also included a child's toy collection, a wizard, a view of the moon. David Andrews of Wisconsin, the current U.S. Snow Sculpting Champion created a sculpture titled "Little Sleepwalker," which was a young girl surrounded by cherubs. This was one of his first attempts at sculpting in sand for competition. The sculptors carved over three days, from June 20-22, to complete their own private sculpture using 10 tons of sand. Voting took place and awards were given out on Saturday, June 22 and the Awards Presentation, which was held on the Sea Shell stage, was followed by a fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean. The sculptures will remain on display through July 7th, and will be lit for night viewing.

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

2013 Sand Sculpting Winners

1st: Carl Jara, "Infinity"

2nd: Guy-Olivier Deveau, "Phasing"

3rd: Marc Lepire, "Protector of the Future"

4th: Karen Fralich, "Mirror, Mirror"

5th: Justin Gordon, "Legislated Liberty"

Sculptors Choice: Greg Grady, Jr. "To the Moon"

Peoples Choice: Carl Jara, "Infinity"

2013 Gallery
2013 Contestants

2012 Gallery
2011 Gallery
2010 Gallery
2009 Gallery
2008 Gallery
2007 Gallery
2006 Gallery
2005 Gallery

Schedule for 2014 Master Sand Sculpting Competition

Wed., June 18
Sponsors Grand Finale with a Master Group Carve

Thurs., Fri., & Sat. 19-20-21
Solo Competition $15,000 purse and entry awards

Sat. 21
Free Lesson 1 - 3 p.m. (sign-up required)
Sign-up day of the lesson ONLY in person outside the Chamber Office near the Sand Sculpture event.

Sat., June 21, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Voting for People's Choice Award

Sat., June 21 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 6th.

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.

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