2016 Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic

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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 from Quebec with the sculpture “Rising from the Abyss.” Abe Waterman from Prince Edward Island took second place with the gender-bending sculpture “All Together Now.”  Third place went to David Andrews from Wisconsin with the sculpture “Emerge,” which portrayed a flower emerging from the earth.  Fourth place was the sculpture “Dada Read” made by Carl Jara of Cleveland, Ohio. The sculpture represented a toddler’s first words to her father. And fifth place went to Karen Fralich of Toronto with the sculpture “Phoenix Rising,” which was done in tribute to a friend who had passed away just before the competition.
The “People’s Choice” Award was given to Justin Gordon from Groveland, Mass. for the sculpture, “She Loves Me,” which featured an ogre picking leaves from a sunflower and landing on “She Loves Me.” Sculptor’s Choice was won by Guy-Olivier Deveau from Quebec.
The sculptures this year ranged from a Selfie to a father reading to his daughter and a flower emerging in the spring.
The sculptors carved over three days, from June 16-18, to complete their own private sculpture using 10 tons of sand.  Voting took place and awards were given out on Saturday, June 18 and the Awards Presentation was followed by a fireworks display.  The sculptures will remain on display through July 6th, and will be lit for night viewing.