Long Beach’s Great Sand Sculpture Contest to mark its 80th year

<strong>A previous year’s sand cas­tle built by an ama­teur team during the Great Sand Sculpture Contest.</strong>

A previous year’s sand cas­tle built by an ama­teur team during the Great Sand Sculpture Contest.

A multitude of teams are expected to bring out their inner child at the 80th annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest in Long Beach on Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12 at 1 Granada Ave.
Saturday will feature professional sand sculptors and community viewing, and Sunday will be the main event with community and corporate teams, vendors and attractions for all ages.
Last August, Granada Beach on Belmont Shore came alive with the 79th contest. Twenty-four amateur teams from surrounding schools, neighborhoods and businesses showed off their creative skills and competed for various prizes while thousands of people cheered them on. The Port of Long Beach celebrated its centennial anniversary with a centerpiece sand sculpture built by professionals. All of the proceeds were donated to Miller Children’s Hospital of Long Beach.
Rotaract Long Beach, the young nonprofit organization behind the event, will once again team up with Alfredo’s Beach Club to organize this year’s Sand Sculpture Contest.
The event will fea­ture every­thing from top pro­fes­sional sand sculp­tors and cor­po­rate teams to local youth build­ing their very first sand castle. Sculp­tures will be judged on unique­ness of sculp­ture, dif­fi­culty of con­struc­tion, and dis­play and con­cept. The day will also include a kid’s zone, arts and crafts ven­dors, live music and food.
General attendance is free. Various levels for sponsorships and contributions are listed on the website. All event proceeds will benefit charity.

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