$25,000 on the Line at This Sand Sculpting Competition on the New Hampshire Seacoast
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Are you ready to watch these incredible works of art made from billions of grains of sand over 2 1/2 days come to incredible fruition?
Yup, the Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic in this Seacoast beach town of New Hampshire is back.
This is its 22nd year, when thousands stop by to see these jaw-dropping masterpieces created from just water and sand.
According to Hampton Beach, more than 200 tons of imported sand is hauled in and dumped in a cordoned-off section of Hampton Beach with a 360-degree view, so we can watch ten sculptors create mesmerizing sand sculptures.
Who will be this year's winner, crowned the greatest sand sculptor, and receive $25,000?
10 sculptors from as far away as Hawaii are vying for that crown and the money.
Creator and organizer Greg Grady calls this year's competition "The Greatest Show in Sand."
They will wow you in every way imaginable with their talent and skills by taking just tiny grains of sand and water and turning them into unique sculptures before your very eyes. It’s unimaginable what these folks endure from Mother Nature through days of almost all types of weather conditions that can be thrown at them and then producing such amazing works of art! Why would a person do this? Well it’s simple! To be crowned the “Greatest” of the “Greatest Show in Sand."
These aren't your typical sandcastles, but instead meticulously planned and orchestrated visions of intricacy and works of art for a contest that not just anyone can participate in. The Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic is by invitation only, and you can easily view these works of art right on Hampton Beach.
This year's competitors come from all over the country and Canada.
Thursday, June 9, according to Hampton Beach, is when that 200 tons of sand gets dumped, then pounded up. You can even watch with the entire area illuminated for night viewing through June 26.
The actual contest is Thursday, June 16-Saturday, June 18, with People's Choice voting that Saturday afternoon from 1-3.
Each sand sculpture is sprayed with a windscreen solution of school glue and water to protect them from the elements and remain standing for you and I can view.