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The International Sand Sculpting Festival takes over Revere Beach

America's first public beach becomes a stage for giant sculptures, food trucks, live music, and fireworks.

A sand sculpture from last year's International Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach. Cheryl Fenton

Think you’re good at sand castles? While there may be a grain of truth to that, there’s a sculpting event that has you beat.

Set along Revere’s three-mile crescent beach, America’s first public beach, the International Sand Sculpting Festival puts the spotlight on giant works of art created by renowned master sculptors from across the U.S. and Canada. The festival draws an estimated 1 million people to Revere Beach each year.

Utilizing individual 12-ton allotments of sand imported from Hudson, N.H., this year’s theme is “Wonders of the World.” Festival goers will enjoy a backdrop of live music, carnival games, food trucks, and a fireworks show taking place Saturday at 9 p.m. Those who go early to the three-day festival can watch the artists crafting their sculptures.

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