Photo “Temptation”by Abe Waterman, Prince Edward Island.
HAMPTON BEACH, NH – June 16, 2018 — The Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Competition in Hampton Beach, NH wrapped up a weekend of competition on Saturday afternoon. It was right down to the wire for the sand sculptors who had major portions to complete before the horn sounded at 4 p.m. Some of the sculptures actually transformed greatly in the final hours of competition including the first place winner, Abe Waterman from Prince Edward Island, Canada. His sculpture, “Temptation,” which featured a woman in a bottle of alcohol more than 12′ high. Abe explained that the sculpture represented the vices in life, and the back side of the sculpture had a little devil, who seemed like he was up to no good.
The second place winner was Mélineige Beauregard from Montreal, Canada with the sculpture “Rising.” Her sculpture was also more than 12′ high which brought high marks from the judges. Third Place went to Dan Belcher from Missouri. His piece was called “Water Dance.” Fourth Place was given to Carl Jara from Ohio, called “Influence.” It depicted two large faces that represented a mother and father with a child hidden within them. He also took the “People’s Choice” award. Fifth Place was given to David Andrews from Wisconsin with a piece titled, “Ancestral Swirl.” Andrews piece featured a lot detail.
A memorial sculpture was created to honor Michele Lepire from Quebec, Canada, who passed away suddenly this past year after winning the “People’s Choice Award.” Lepire, a favorite at Hampton Beach, had vowed to retire last year. The sculptors all carved a feather on a peacock, which represented his piece at Hampton Beach.
The “Sculptor’s Choice” award went to his son, Marc Lepire from Quebec, Canada for his piece titled “Wind Lovers, which had a message to his father on the back.
Other sculptures included a warrior, a girl catching butterflies in a meadow and a double-sided angel.
The sponsor sculpture was series of aliens and flying saucers with the theme, “Out of this World.”
The sculptors carved over three days, from June 14-16, to complete their own solo sculpture using 10 tons of sand. Voting took place and awards were given out on Saturday, June 16. An awards presentation was held on the Sea Shell stage, and was followed by a fantastic fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean. The sculptures will remain on display through June 27th, and will be lit for night viewing.
For photos of the winning sculptures, please visit www.hamptonbeach.org or on the Hampton Beach Official page.