The fun started last week when 250 tons of imported sand was dropped on Hampton Beach and the "Grady Bunch" started pounding out the sponsor site.
It really began back in 2000 with twenty-five cents. One quarter. The New Hampshire Quarter to be precise.
Local artist and master sand sculptor Greg Grady was commissioned by the U.S. Mint to create a larger than life replica of the new tail side edition New Hampshire quarter out of ten tons of sand during the Hampton Beach Children's Festival. At the time, it was just a part if the statewide celebration held for the release of that coin. It was something Hampton Beach had never seen the likes of before!
This invitational only event has grown in leaps and bounds making it the largest Masters competition in the Northeast United States. Ten world class masters vying for $15,000 in purse and entry awards, free lessons, evening illumination for viewing, and much more.
Check out the sculptures, shoot the sunset, and then try your hand at nighttime photography.
If you're interested in an early look, the prior Saturday (Saturday, June 21st) will have the freshest look, but also the most people milling about. The schedule for June 21st is:
• 1:00 - 4:00 PM: Voting for People's Choice Award
• 8:00 PM: Awards Ceremony on Sea Shell Stage
• 9:30 PM: Fireworks