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Jun 18, 2015 1:02 PM

The work of the masters is on display at Hampton Sand Sculpture Competition


HAMPTON - The work of the masters is on display at the annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpture Competition.

Over the next few days, more than 100,000 people are expected to attend this display of art work made by masters of the craft.

On Saturday, the sculptures will be judged and votes can be cast from 1 to 4 p.m. for the People’s Choice Award. The award ceremony takes place that night at 8 p.m. followed by fireworks.

The competition dates back to 2000, when master sand sculptor Greg Grady was commissioned to create a larger-than-life replica of a new edition of the New Hampshire quarter, according to hamptonbeach.org

The following year, a competition between sand sculptors was organized. The invitation-only event is now the largest Masters competition in the Northeast. This year, 10 world-class sand sculptors are competing for $15,000 in prizes.

The sand sculptures, once created, are preserved using a spray of glue and water to help them last longer.

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