Sand Sculpture History

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How it Started – How it’s 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!

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july

24jul9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

26julAll DayHampton Beach Soccer Tournament(All Day: friday) 169 Ocean BoulevardAcross from the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, on the beachEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Soccer

27julAll DayHampton Beach Soccer Tournament(All Day: saturday) 169 Ocean BoulevardAcross from the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, on the beachEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Soccer

27jul2:00 pmLittle/Jr. Miss Hampton Beach2:00 pm Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell Stage

28jul2:00 pm72nd Miss Hampton Beach Pageant2:00 pm Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Stephanie Rose Lussier

29jul8:00 pmMonday Night Movies on the Beach8:00 pm Route 1A, Hampton, NH, USAOn the beach across from the PlaygroundEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village DistrictFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/HamptonNHBeach

31jul9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

august

5aug8:00 pmMonday Night Movies on the Beach8:00 pm Route 1A, Hampton, NH, USAOn the beach across from the PlaygroundEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village DistrictFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/HamptonNHBeach

7aug9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

12augAll DayChildren's Week(All Day: monday) EST Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

12aug8:00 pmMonday Night Movies on the Beach8:00 pm Route 1A, Hampton, NH, USAOn the beach across from the PlaygroundEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village DistrictFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/HamptonNHBeach

13augAll DayChildren's Week(All Day: tuesday) EST Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

14augAll DayChildren's Week(All Day: wednesday) EST Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

14aug9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

15augAll DayChildren's Week(All Day: thursday) EST Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

16aug11:00 amChildren's Week11:00 am EST Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

17augAll DayHampton Beach Soccer Tournament(All Day: saturday) 169 Ocean BoulevardAcross from the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, on the beachEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Soccer

18augAll DayHampton Beach Soccer Tournament(All Day: sunday) 169 Ocean BoulevardAcross from the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, on the beachEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Soccer

19aug8:00 pmMonday Night Movies on the Beach8:00 pm Route 1A, Hampton, NH, USAOn the beach across from the PlaygroundEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village DistrictFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/HamptonNHBeach

21aug9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

23aug7:00 pm2019 Hampton Beach Talent Competition7:00 pm Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

24aug7:00 pm2019 Hampton Beach Talent Competition7:00 pm Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

25aug7:00 pm2019 Hampton Beach Talent Competition7:00 pm Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

26aug8:00 pmMonday Night Movies on the Beach8:00 pm Route 1A, Hampton, NH, USAOn the beach across from the PlaygroundEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village DistrictFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/HamptonNHBeach

28aug9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

31aug7:00 pmCircus Night at Hampton Beach7:00 pm Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

september

1sep9:30 pmFireworks **Special Shoot**9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

7sep8:00 pmFireworks **Special Shoot**8:00 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

13sepAll DayReach the Beach Relay(All Day: friday) Route 1A, Hampton, NH, USAHampton Beach State ParkEvent Organized By: Reach the Beach Relay

14sepAll DayReach the Beach Relay(All Day: saturday) Route 1A, Hampton, NH, USAHampton Beach State ParkEvent Organized By: Reach the Beach Relay

14sep8:00 pm3rd Annual Fire Show on the Beach8:00 pm Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH on the beachEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

20sepAll Day46th Annual Granite State Wheelmen Seacoast Century(All Day: friday) Route 1A, Hampton, NH, USAHampton Beach State ParkEvent Organized By: Granite State Wheelmen

21sepAll Day46th Annual Granite State Wheelmen Seacoast Century(All Day: saturday) Route 1A, Hampton, NH, USAHampton Beach State ParkEvent Organized By: Granite State Wheelmen

22sepAll Day46th Annual Granite State Wheelmen Seacoast Century(All Day: sunday) Route 1A, Hampton, NH, USAHampton Beach State ParkEvent Organized By: Granite State Wheelmen

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