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Castles in the sand: Summer tradition on Hampton Beach

The beauty and brevity of a New Hampshire summer is best captured each year by a handful of talented craftsmen who turn sand into art.

The 17th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic has quickly become a treasured Granite State tradition. Ten sculptors are hard at work building their spectacular creations, with $15,000 in prize money at stake.

Last year’s contest was marred by a vandal, who jumped a protective fence to destroy three of the sculptures, while damaging two others. One of the damaged sculptures won the people’s choice award anyway.

We hope the thoughtless actions of a selfish person will not ruin this year’s event. Tide, wind and rain will reclaim these ephemeral sculptures soon enough without a vandal hastening their destruction.

Members of the public can vote for their favorites between 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the awards ceremony and fireworks that evening.

The sculptures will be lit for night viewing through June 28. We encourage you to get out to Hampton Beach to enjoy the sand sculptures, and the summer, while you can.

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