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July 4, 2013

Sand sculpture contest Saturday

SEABROOK — On Saturday, residents and visitors will take to the sandy shores of Seabrook Beach for the Seabrook Beach Civic Association’s annual amateur Sand Sculpture Contest.

Sponsored annually by the Seabrook Beach Civic Association, this year’s sand architects don’t have a theme they have to cling to, according to SBCA’s Phyllis Farfaras. Contestants are encouraged to let their imaginations reign, creating whatever they desire out of sand, as long as it’s in good taste, of course.

The contest has categories to provide an even playing field for young and old, as well as groups. The first category is for individual contestants ages 12 and under; category 2 is for groups with children under 12 years of age; category 3 is reserved for individual contestants over the age of 12, and category 4 is for groups with contestants age 12 and over and mixed groups of all ages.

“Ours in an amateur contest,” Farfaras said, “although if you look in the backpacks of some of the children entering, you might find plans as intricate as if they were building the Empire State Building and all the props to create it! All we provide is the day, a place in the sand and encouragement to have fun.”

Signup begins at 10:30 a.m. on the day of the event at the beach tent at the Hooksett Street beach access entrance.

As soon as contestants register, they can begin work on their assigned patch of sand.

Judges begin reviewing creations by 11 a.m. to watch the sculptures come to life. All work must stop by 1 p.m. and the winners will be chosen.

Contestants can enjoy snacks and the beach while waiting for the winners to be announced. The top three winners in each category will receive prizes.

The event isn’t fun just for those who like to dig in the sand, but a real crowd pleaser for those who watch the sculptures take form and contestants at work.

This is a fun day at the beach for everyone and Seabrook Family Day’s goal is to bring families together to enjoy the beach and a little competition. It’s also a way for people to meet their neighbors and where children and adults can meet new friends, Farfaras said.

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