18th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic winners announced

Hampton Beach Village District
Press Release
June 17. 2018 4:54AM

First Place sculpture "Temptation" by Abe Waterman from Prince Edward Island, Canada. (Lisa Martineau / NewHampshire.com)

HAMPTON BEACH, NH - June 16, 2018 -- The 18th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic in Hampton Beach, NH wrapped up three days of competition on Saturday afternoon. It was right down to the wire for the sand sculptors, some of whom had major portions to complete before the horn sounded at 4 p.m., forcing them to put their tools down. Some of the sculptures were even transformed into masterpieces in the final hours of competition, including the first place winner, Abe Waterman from Prince Edward Island, Canada. His sculpture, "Temptation," 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' tall which brought high marks from the judges. Mélineige used scaffolding to haul 10-tons of sand and water into molds before she could begin carving out her beauty of a sculpture. 

Third Place went to Dan Belcher from Missouri. His piece was titled "Water Dance." Fourth Place was given to Carl Jara from Ohio, with a sculpture he called "Influence." It depicted two large faces that represented a mother and father with a child hidden within them. He also earned the "People's Choice" award with this sculpture. Fifth Place was given to David Andrews from Wisconsin with a piece titled, "Ancestral Swirl." Andrews' piece featured a lot detail and challenged him to a great deal of technical difficulty. It too was a tall sculpture, standing at between 10' and 12' feet.

A memorial sculpture of a single peacock was created by all of the sculptors to honor Michel Lepire from Montreal who passed away this past year. In 2017, Michel won the "People's Choice" Award with his sculpture, "Seduction," which depicted two peacocks. His son Marc was at the competition on Saturday to compete in and carry on his father's legacy. He took home the coveted Sculptor's Choice Award. (Lisa Martineau / NewHampshire.com)

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" in 2017. Lepire, a favorite at Hampton Beach, had vowed to retire last year. In tribute to his many years at Hampton Beach, the sculptors each carved a feather on a peacock, which represented his final piece from the year before, a sculpture called "Seduction."

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.

The 100-ton 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" Facebook page.


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