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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may

27may9:30 pmFireworks **Special Shoot**9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

june

2junAll DayWorld Oceans Day Celebration: Run for the Ocean 5K and Beach Cleanup(All Day: saturday) Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH on the beachEvent Organized By: Blue Ocean Society

3jun10:00 am32nd Annual Brain Injury Association of NH Walk by the Sea and Picnic10:00 am Route 1A, Hampton, NH, USAHampton Beach State ParkEvent Organized By: Brain Injury Association of NH

9junAll DayThunderbirds Volleyball(All Day: saturday) Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH On the beach

13jun9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

14junAll Day18th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic(All Day: thursday) Route 1A, Hampton, NH, USAOn the beach near the stageEvent Organized By: Greg GradyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/HBmastersandsculptingcomp/ Phone Number: 603-548-6002

15junAll Day18th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic(All Day: friday) Route 1A, Hampton, NH, USAOn the beach near the stageEvent Organized By: Greg GradyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/HBmastersandsculptingcomp/ Phone Number: 603-548-6002

16junAll Day18th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic(All Day: saturday) Route 1A, Hampton, NH, USAOn the beach near the stageEvent Organized By: Greg GradyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/HBmastersandsculptingcomp/ Phone Number: 603-548-6002

16jun9:30 pmFireworks **Special Shoot**9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

20jun9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

23junAll DaySpike U Volleyball Tournament(All Day: saturday) Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH on the beachEvent Organized By: Spike University Volleyball

23junAll DayThunderbirds Volleyball(All Day: saturday) Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH On the beach

27jun9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

july

4jul9:30 pmFireworks **SPECIAL SHOOT**9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

8julAll DayThunderbirds Volleyball(All Day: sunday) Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH On the beach

8jul12:00 pm- 9:00 pmNEW! Country Music Week12:00 pm - 9:00 pm Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

9jul12:00 pm- 9:00 pmNEW! Country Music Week12:00 pm - 9:00 pm Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

9jul8:00 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/

10jul12:00 pm- 9:00 pmNEW! Country Music Week12:00 pm - 9:00 pm Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

11jul12:00 pm- 9:00 pmNEW! Country Music Week12:00 pm - 9:00 pm Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

11jul9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

12jul12:00 pm- 9:00 pmNEW! Country Music Week12:00 pm - 9:00 pm Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

14julAll DayThunderbirds Volleyball(All Day: saturday) Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH On the beach

14julAll DaySpike U Volleyball Tournament(All Day: saturday) Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH on the beachEvent Organized By: Spike University Volleyball

16jul8:00 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/

18jul9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

23jul8:00 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/

25jul9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

26jul11:00 amWater Safety Day11:00 am EST 169 Ocean BoulevardIn front of the Seashell Stage on the SandEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

28julAll DayThunderbirds Volleyball(All Day: saturday) Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH On the beach

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

29julAll DaySpike U Volleyball Tournament(All Day: sunday) Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH on the beachEvent Organized By: Spike University Volleyball

29jul8:30 amHampton Beach Winnacunnet Wrestling Tournament8:30 am EST Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH on the beachEvent Organized By: Winnacunnet Wrestling

29jul2:00 pm71st Miss Hampton Beach Pageant2:00 pm Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Stephanie Rose Lussier

30jul8:00 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/

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