Sand Sculpture Event

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The fun starts Thursday, June 10, 2021 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 June 27th.

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. T-shirts will be on sale in limited supply across from the Seashell Stage at BZ Beach Supply.

2021 Sponsor Site Theme: “Sand, Sun and Fun 2021”

Schedule for 2021 Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic:
Featuring 10 World Class Sand Sculptors

Over $25,000 in Purse and Entry Awards
Thurs. June 10 –
200 Tons of Imported Sand dropped on Hampton Beach
Fri. – Mon. – June 11-14 – Massive 100 Ton Sponsor Site Created
Tues. June 15 – Sponsors Grand Finale with a Master Group Carve.
Weds. June 16 – Masters Pound Up and Sponsor Sculpture Viewing
Thurs. Fri., & Sat., June 17-18-19 – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Master Solo Competition
Sat., June 19 – Judging and People’s Choice Award Voting, 1 – 3 p.m. Come vote for your favorite!
Saturday Night, June 19 – 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 June 27th.

Looking to sponsor?

Sand Sponsor Application 2021

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

…all the volunteers, the Community, the State, and Officials, and of course our Sponsors. It takes over 200 tons of imported sand – and a heap of volunteers to produce a successful World Class Master Sand Sculpting Classic each June at Hampton Beach.

Just Part of the Volunteer Crew from 2020:

The Annual Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic is a joint effort of the entire Hampton Community. Special thanks to the Town of Hampton, Board of Selectman, Police, Fire, and Public Works Departments. This event is funded by the Hampton Beach Village District and supported by their Commissioners: Chairman Chuck Rage, Maureen Buckley and Bob Ladd in cooperation with the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce President John Nyan and their entire staff as well as the event organizer and local Master Sculptor Greg Grady.

A special thanks to the State of New Hampshire; Sarah Stewart Commissioner of Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; Phil Bryce Director of Parks and Recreation; Meredith Collins Seacoast Region Supervisor and all the staff at Hampton Beach State Park.
Additional thanks to: Senator Nancy Stiles, Bobby and Sue Bowles, Bill O’Brien, David Gooch, Richard Reniere, Martha Lardent, John Joynt, Barbara Brow, Terry Smith, Christina Rodgers, Bob Desrosiere, Eileen Daboul, Terry Parker, Tom & Missy Lackey, Jean O’Neil, Lyn Addison, Ann Marie McLaughlin, Bob & Mary Martell, Marilyn Macintosh, Steve LaBranche, Glen French, Bob Fitzpatrick, Bob Preston, Dee Hawley, Ken Lessard, Betty Boyington, Ryan & Joe Porcaro, John Kane, Denise Brown, Lisa Martineau, Jo Bisbing, Karen Brown, Patricia Roberts, Janice Muscarella, Jim and Danielle Valley, Amanda Boyd, Kylie and Dakota Gosselin, Darlene Grady, Carissa Porcaro, and Ryan Ziebart, our sincere apologies to anyone not mentioned….Thank you!

Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Competition Announces Winners

2020 Sand Sculpting Winners:

1st: Melineige Beauregard – “Second Star to the Right and Straight on Til Morning”
2nd: Abe Waterman – “Yesterday’s Serenade”
3rd: Thomas Koet – “Eye of the Beholder”
Karen Fralich – “Just Breathe”
People’s Choice: Thomas Koet – “Eye of the Beholder”
Sculptor’s Choice: Greg Grady – “I Believe”
Governor’s Award: Chris Guinto – “Knock, Knock”

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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