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

The fun starts Thursday, August 27th, 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 13th.

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.

Theme: “Enchanted Land of the Sand”

Schedule for 2020 Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic:
Featuring 10 World Class Sand Sculptors
Over $25,000 in Purse and Entry Awards
Thurs. Aug. 27 –
200 Tons of Imported Sand dropped on Hampton Beach
Fri. – Mon. – Aug. 28 – 31 – Massive 100 Ton Sponsor Site Created
Tues. Sept. 1 – Sponsors Grand Finale with a Group Carve.
Weds. Sept. 2 – Pound Up and Sponsor Sculpture Viewing
Thurs. Fri., & Sat., Sept. 3-4-5 – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Solo Competition
Sat., Sept. 5 – Judging and People’s Choice Award Voting, 1 – 3 p.m. Come vote for your favorite!
Saturday Night, Sept. 5 – Awards Ceremony, 7 p.m.

The $25,000 in purse and entry awards will be distributed as follows:
1st Prize – $6,000
2nd Prize – $4,000
3rd Prize – $3,000
4th Prize – $2,000
People Choice – $1,000
Sculptor’s Choice – Medal

T-Shirts on sale in limited supply across from the Seashell Stage at BZ Beach Supply! 

The entire area is illuminated for nightly viewing thru September 13th.

NEXT YEAR: June 17-19, 2021

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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