Annual sandcastle contest back on Hunting Island July 28

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We've never been very good at building sandcastles, but still we love to see what the more capable locals brew up.

The Friends of Hunting Island is sponsoring the 4th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest at Hunting Island State Park on Saturday, July 28. The contest runs from 1 to 4 p.m., with the awards to be given starting at 3:30.

Contestants can register at the North Beach, near the historic 153-year old lighthouse.

There is no cost to compete, but regular park admission fees apply.

Gather your kids, friends, co-workers and put a team together. You can enter as an individual or as a team. Prizes will be awarded in each category and those categories are as follows: Sand Fleas (up to 8 years old – Must have an adult as a leader); Sand Hoppers (ages 9 to 15); Sand Tribes (families); Sand Shapers (adult or small team of adults); and Overall Best in Show.

Tools permitted to build your masterpieces are: buckets, shovels, sand scoops, carving tools, putty knives, spray bottles for water, and kitchen utensils. Materials are limited to only natural materials found on/near the beach. Decorations such as shells, reeds, and small rocks may be used. No artificial decorations or materials are permitted.

Judging of the final products will be based on originality, composition, and technique. Last year, there were more than 30 sculptures created by some 100 sand sculpture aficionados. The Side Street Walkers will offer musical entertainment.