Building Sand Castles by the Sea

July 28, 2007

Today was Coney Island’s 17th Annual Sand Sculpting Contest and the weather was perfect. The competition, which lasted all afternoon, was open to children, adults and groups of all ages and skill levels.

The City Parks Department trucked in 50 mounds of sand, Astella Development Corporation provided cash prizes to the winners (top prize was $200) and dozens of beach-loving, suncreen-wearing New Yorkers participated.

Enthusiastic entrants created castles, creatures, monsters, mermaids, images of Coney Island itself … even a construction site belching smoke on the beach right next to the fabled Boardwalk.

Sand Sculpting Contest
Sand Sculpting Contest banner

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Underdog & creator

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Finishing the sleeping mermaid

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Curled up next to her tail, the sleeping mermaid’s mer-cat

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Construction site

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“Construction workers” at the site (please note the smoke)

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Coney Island castle

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King Neptune

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Two sand sculptors with their creation

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Sand sculptures along the Boardwalk

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Gargoyle

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Man in the sand

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Banner on trashcans

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Sea creatures

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Eagle over USA

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Alligator

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Little entrant shows off her creation

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Clown holding flowers

Bay News: Fairy tales still thrive in Coney Island
NY1: Sand Sculptors Compete
Astella Development Corporation
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

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