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

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/

25jul7:00 pmAyla Brown7:00 pm Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

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

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

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/

august

1aug9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

4augAll DayNorth East Beach Volleyball(All Day: saturday) Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH On the beach

6aug8:00 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/

8aug9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

11augAll DaySpike U Volleyball Tournament(All Day: saturday) Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH on the beachEvent Organized By: Spike University Volleyball

13aug10:00 amChildren's Week10:00 am Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

13aug8:00 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/

14aug10:00 amChildren's Week10:00 am Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

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

15aug9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

16aug10:00 amChildren's Week10:00 am Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

17aug10:00 amChildren's Week10:00 am Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

20aug8:00 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/

22aug9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

24aug7:00 pm2018 Hampton Beach Talent Competition7:00 pm Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

25aug7:00 pm2018 Hampton Beach Talent Competition7:00 pm Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

26aug7:00 pm2018 Hampton Beach Talent Competition7:00 pm Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

27aug8:00 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/

29aug9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm 169 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NHOn the beach, between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

september

2sep9:30 pmFireworks **Special Shoot**9:30 pm 169 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NHOn the beach, between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

7sep - 9sep 74:00 pmsep 92018 Hampton Beach Seafood Festival4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (9) Ocean Boulevard Ocean BoulevardEvent Organized By: Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce

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

14sep - 15All DayAnnual Reach the Beach Relay Race(All Day) Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH on the beachEvent Organized By: Reach the Beach Relay

15sep8:00 pm2nd Annual Fire Show on the Beach8:00 pm Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH on the beachEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

22sep - 23All Day45th Annual Granite State Wheelmen Seacoast Century(All Day) Route 1A, Hampton, NH, USAHampton Beach State ParkEvent Organized By: Granite State Wheelmen

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