A massive sand sculpture competition is taking over Hampton Beach

Over 200 tons of sand were imported for the event.

A sculptor is hard at work crafting a UFO out of sand on Hampton Beach. Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic

HAMPTON BEACH, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire beach town is hosting its 18th annual sand sculpting competition this week, bringing contestants from all over to compete.

Contestants from around the country and Canada have gathered in Hampton Beach to compete for thousands of dollars in prize money. WMUR-TV reports the Master Sand Sculpting Classic began on Monday, when 200 tons of imported sand was dumped on the beach for sculpting.

The competition lasts through Saturday, and will be capped off with the fireworks show that night.

Organizers say the beach will be lit up for night viewing of the sculptures through June 27.


A competitor shovels sand from his 10-ton allotment on Hampton Beach on Wednesday, ahead of the start of the 18th annual competition.

Last year’s first place sculpture was titled “Dance of the Undefined.” It was created by Melineige Beauregard, of Montreal, Canada.


Information from: WMUR-TV,