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Sand Sculpture Event 2015

The fun starts Friday, June 18th, 2015 when 250 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. 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. Interested Master Sand Sculptors may contact the event organizer at Nhsandsculptors@aol.com or at www.GregGrady.com. 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

Interested sponsors should contact Greg at Nhsandsculptors@aol.com or call 603-548-6002.

Download the 2014 Sand Sculpting sponsorship information.

Check out our past Sand Sculpting Sponsors!

Interested in volunteering fill out our VOLUNTEER FORM or call Kim at 603-918-6652 to sign up!

How it Started - How its 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 Greg 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 Greg 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!


Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition Announces Winners

HAMPTON BEACH, NH - June 21, 2014 -- The Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Competition in Hampton Beach, NH wrapped up a weekend of competition on Saturday. The first place winner was Guy-Olivier Deveau from Quebec City, Canada with the sculpture "Inseminate." The alien-like sculpture had intricate detail and was inspired by the work of H.R. Giger, the Swiss artist responsible for the creature in the blockbuster movie Alien. Giger recently passed away and Deveau created it as a tribute to him.

Second place went to Karen Fralich from Toronto, Canada with the sculpture, "Yin and Yang," a Yin-Yang symbol, representing two opposing forces. The sculpture featured a dragon and a rooster intertwined. Third place went to Carl Jara from Ohio was titled "Putting Down Roots," and featured male and female tree figures. Fourth place was "Serene Song." a sculpture made by David Andrews from Wisconsin And fifth place went to Damon Langlois from British Columbia with, "Out Of Sand," a sculpture of a male figure facing the sky.

The "Sculptor's Choice" Award went to David Andrews. The "People's Choice" Award went to Michel Lepire of Quebec, Canada with an intricate piece involving eagles and fish. The piece was titled, "Together We Are One."

The sculptures this year also included a whimsical guitar by Lucinda "Sandy Feet" Wierenga from Texas and a large seashell called "The Ocean Is Calling" by Greg Grady, Jr. Justin Gordon created an abstract piece with a series of circles and a large hand that represented the hand of God.

The sculptors carved over three days, from June 19-21, to complete their own solo sculpture using 10 tons of sand. Voting took place and awards were given out on Saturday, June 21 and the Awards Presentation, which was held on the Sea Shell stage, was followed by a fantastic fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean. The sculptures will remain on display through July 6th, and will be lit for night viewing.

For photos of the winning sculptures, please visit www.hamptonbeach.org or the facebook page, www.facebook.com/HamptonNHBeach.

2014 Sand Sculpting Winners

1st: Guy-Olivier Deveau, "Inseminate"

2nd: Karen Fralich, "Yin and Yang"

3rd: Carl Jara, "Putting Down Roots"

4th: David Andrews, "Serene Song"

5th: Damon Langlois , "Out of Sand"

Sculptors Choice: David Andrews, "Serene Song"

Peoples Choice: Michel Lepire, "Together We Are One"

2014 Contestants
2014 Gallery

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2014 Sand Sculpting Winner Guy-Olivier Deveau, "Inseminate"

Schedule for 2015 Master Sand Sculpting Competition

Fri., June 12
250 Tons of Imported Sand is dropped on Hampton Beach

Mon. - Weds. - June 15
18 Massive 150 Ton Sponsor Site Created

Wed., June 17
Sponsors Grand Finale with a Master Group Carve

Thurs., Fri., & Sat. 18-19-20
Solo Competition $15,000 purse and entry awards

Sat. 20
Free Lesson 1 - 3 p.m. (sign-up required)
Sign-up day of the lesson ONLY in person outside the Chamber Office near the Sand Sculpture event br> 2014 Event T Shirts available for sale in limited supply on site

Sat., June 20, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Voting for People's Choice Award, 1-4 pm, Come Vote for Your Favorite!

Sat., June 20 at 8:00 PM
Awards Ceremony on Sea Shell Stage, Fireworks 9:30 pm

Special Fireworks Display at 9:30

The event is lighted for nightly viewing.

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

The non-placing sculptors will each receive a $750 prize for competing

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