Sand Sculpting Festival includes contest, live music

sand pileGrab your buckets and shovels and get ready! Making sand castles at the beach has been bringing families and friends together since the first shell washed up on a shore. And now this great American pastime is coming to Wildwood Crest in a big way. Families, friends and kids of all ages who love playing in the sand are advised to start making plans.

The first annual Wildwood Crest Amateur Sand Sculpting Contest is coming Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. (rain date Sunday, June 30) alongside the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier at Heather Road. All are welcome and registration is free. There will be live music throughout the contest starting with local band Twelve:01 performing progressive and classic rock followed by headliners The Mango Men, with their energized and “sand-castle-inspiring” summer themed party music.

The contest is being organized in conjunction with Can You Dig It Sand Tools and directed by internationally known sand sculptor Matt Long. Long is a regular competitor at master competitions, including the World Championships of Sand Sculpting, and is an original cast member of the Travel Channel Show Sand Masters. Long’s career in sand sculpting began right here in South Jersey at amateur events like this one.

Registration for the first annual Wildwood Crest Amateur Sand Sculpting Contest will begin at 9 a.m. on the day of the event. Sand pits will be assigned, with carving starting at 10 a.m. sharp. To ensure a level playing field, the contest will have seven separate divisions ranging from youth solo/groups to solo adult and teams. Sculptures will be judged on creativity, execution, composition and overall presentation. Prizes and awards will be presented to first through third places in each division. There will also be a People’s Choice award for Best On The Beach, with the winner voted by spectator ballot.Mango Men 2013 web

“I expect this contest to be a fabulous success,” Long said. “Wildwood Crest is not just one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been to, but it also has some of the finest beach sand in the world for sculpting. Amateur, enthusiast, or professional – the better the sand, the better the results and the more fun it is to play in.”twelve01 band

Prior to contest day, on Thursday and Friday, June 27-28, Long will be carving one of his masterful castles at the site, providing an opportunity for those interested to stop by, ask questions and pick up some professional tricks and tips.

For further information, email Long at matt@canyoudigit.com, log on to visitwildwoodcrest.com or call (609) 523-0202. Information is also available on the Wildwood Crest Amateur Sand Sculpting Contest page on Facebook.

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