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

26may9:30 pmFireworks **Special Shoot**9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

june

1jun9:00 amWorld Oceans Day Celebration: Run for the Ocean 5K and Beach Cleanup9:00 am Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH on the beachEvent Organized By: Blue Ocean Society

2jun12:00 am- 2:00 pm33rd Annual Brain Injury Association of NH Walk by the Sea and Picnic12:00 am - 2:00 pm Route 1A, Hampton, NH, USAHampton Beach State ParkEvent Organized By: Brain Injury Association of NH

19jun9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

20junAll Day19th Annual Master Sand Sculpting Classic(All Day: thursday) EST 170 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH on the beachEvent Organized By: Greg GradyPhone Number: 603-548-6002

21junAll Day19th Annual Master Sand Sculpting Classic(All Day: friday) EST 170 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH on the beachEvent Organized By: Greg GradyPhone Number: 603-548-6002

22junAll Day19th Annual Master Sand Sculpting Classic(All Day: saturday) EST 170 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH on the beachEvent Organized By: Greg GradyPhone Number: 603-548-6002

22jun9:30 pmFireworks **Special Shoot**9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

26jun9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

july

3jul9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

4jul9:30 pmFireworks **Special Shoot for Independence Day**9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

7julAll Day2nd Annual "Country by the Coast"- Country Music Week(All Day: sunday) Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

8julAll Day2nd Annual "Country by the Coast"- Country Music Week(All Day: monday) Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

8jul8:00 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

9julAll Day2nd Annual "Country by the Coast"- Country Music Week(All Day: tuesday) Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

10julAll Day2nd Annual "Country by the Coast"- Country Music Week(All Day: wednesday) Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

10jul9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

11julAll Day2nd Annual "Country by the Coast"- Country Music Week(All Day: thursday) Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH, USASeashell StageEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

15jul8:00 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

17jul9:30 pmFireworks9:30 pm between B and C StreetsEvent Organized By: Hampton Beach Village District

22jul8:00 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

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

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

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