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20th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic
September 3-5, 2020 (check for possible updated schedule due to Covid-19 outbreak)

The fun starts Friday, August 28th, 2020 when 200 tons of imported sand is dropped on Hampton Beach and the “Grady Bunch” starts pounding up the sponsor site. The entire area is illuminated for night viewing through September 14th.

Watch Greg Grady and “The Grady Bunch” build a mammoth Sand Demo Site. View all entries on line at this website. The competition is by invitation only. The event is funded by the Hampton Beach Village District and Sponsors, in cooperation with The Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce and The NH Division of Parks.

Schedule for 2020 Master Sand Sculpting Competition:
Mon. – Wed. – August 31, September 1-2 – Massive 100 Ton Sponsor Site Created
Wed., September 2 – Sponsors Grand Finale with a Master Group Carve.
Thurs., Fri., & Sat., September 3-4-5 – Solo Competition $15,000 purse and entry awards.
Sat., September 5 – 1:00 – 3:00 PM Voting for People’s Choice Award.
Sat., September 5 at 8:00 PM Awards Ceremony on Sea Shell Stage. Special Fireworks Display at 9:30 PM.
The sculptures will be available for viewing and lit for nightly viewing thru September 14th.

The $15,000 in purse and entry awards will be distributed as follows:
1st Prize – $3,000
2nd Prize – $2,500
3rd Prize – $2,000
4th Prize – $1,500
5th Prize – $1,000
People Choice – $500

Looking to sponsor?

Download the 2020 Sand Sponsor Application

Sponsors should call Greg at 603-548-6002 or email him at [email protected].

Looking to volunteer?

Volunteers should fill out the Sand Sculpture Volunteer Form

Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Competition Announces Winners


2019 Sand Sculpting Winners:

1st: Melineige Beauregard – “Breaking Out”
2nd: Karen Fralich – “Samurai”
3rd: Abe Waterman – “Outside In”
4th: David Andrews – “Life Goes On”
5th: Greg J. Grady – “Ask. Seek. Knock”
People’s Choice: Abe Waterman – “Outside In”
Sculptor’s Choice: Abe Waterman – “Outside In”

19th Annual Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic Announces Winners

HAMPTON BEACH, NH – June 22, 2019 —  The 19th Annual Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic at Hampton Beach, NH, which was held over three days with the final day of competition on Saturday. This year’s competition produced a lot of thought-provoking sculptures.

The first place winner was Mélineige Beauregard from Montreal, Canada with the sculpture “Breaking Out,” which depicted the inner child breaking out from the self we create throughout life.” Five time Wold Champion Sand Sculptor, Karen Fralich from Toronto, Canada took second place with the sculpture “Samurai,” which represented Onna-Bugeisha, which is a female warrior belonging to Japanese nobility. Fralich had seen a photo of one of these samurai which inspired her piece.

Third place went to Abe Waterman from Prince Edward Island, Canada created an awe-inspiring sculpture titled “Outside In.” Fourth place was the sculpture “Life Goes On” made by David Andrews from Wisconsin. Fifth place went to Greg J. Grady from New Hampshire for the sculpture “Ask. Seek. Knock.” The “People’s Choice” Award and the Sculptor’s Choice Award were both given to Abe Waterman for his piece titled “Outside In.”

“Breaking Out” Mélineige Beauregard The theme for this year’s sponsor site was “Hidden Treasures.” The sculptors carved over three days, from June 20-22, to complete their own private sculpture using 10 tons of sand. Voting took place and awards were given out on Saturday, June 22 and the Awards Presentation, which was held on the Seashell stage, was followed by a fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean. The sculptures will remain on display through June 27th, and will be lit for night viewing.

For photos of the winning sculptures, please visit or on the Hampton Beach “Official” Facebook page.

2019 Sand Sculpture Gallery

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TONIGHT: Mark 209 - the "Christian Country Group of the Year 2019" on the south side of the Sea Shell Stage starting at 7 p.m. ... See MoreSee Less

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ANNOUNCEMENT: We are cancelling both the annual Hampton Beach Talent Show as well as the Cirque du Hampton Beach for 2020. Although we will miss these events this year, we look forward to having them back in 2021. The Fire Show is still under consideration. We are VERY much looking forward to the terrific talent we will see at the 20th Annual Sand Sculpting Classic from September 3-5, 2020. We will see you on the sand!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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The band tonight on the side stage, Neurotic Gumbo, is cancelled due to weather (in case you didn't figure that out....the fog is so thick on the beach today you can't see very far). Stay safe everyone - we'll see you tomorrow! ... See MoreSee Less

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TONIGHT on the small stage is Mike Moore & Steve Kelly. Here's some video. We don't have a lot of info about them but they say they are a rock cover band. Enjoy!! ... See MoreSee Less

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