One of our favorite locations in the U.S is Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, where we used to have a weekend place. Our little hideaway was a welcome retreat from a week of Boston rat race.
One of the activities we enjoyed, in addition to kayaking and biking, was attending the popular sand-sculpting championship, an event that attracted master sand artists from all the world.
Over 300 tons of special sand was trucked to the beach for the event. Each contestant was given ten tons of sand and just twenty-one hours to complete their masterpieces.
Denene and I were on hand for the action.
So put away the snow shovels and enjoy a few moments of sun and fun.
Forrest Gump by Merideth Corson took the fourth place honors.
Michele Lepire’s Tropical Paradise placed third in the overall contest, but took home the most prize money, winning both the People’s Choice award and the Sculptor’s Choice award.
Salvador Dali Lama by Fred Mallet won the fifth place honors.
Steve Topazio of Rhode Island created this angry sun blowing down a sand castle.
Tim Russert remembered in sand.
Morning Bath by Carl Jara took the second place spot.
The winner of the Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting contest was titled Japanese Garden by Karen Fralich of Ontario, Canada.
Below, Karen adds a few finishing touches to her masterpiece.