Great Sand Sculpture Contest Returns Saturday

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Great Sand Sculpture Contest

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A multitude of teams are expected to bring out their inner child at the 79th annual “Great Sand Sculpture Contest” in Long Beach. On August 13th, Granada Beach in Belmont Shore will be hosting the 79th Great Sand Sculpture Contest. One of the signature events of Long Beach Sea Festival, the Contest has been attracting thousands of people from Southern California and beyond every summer to enjoy sculptures created by professionals and amateurs alike. It provides a great opportunity for businesses, non-profits, and community groups to have a friendly competition while raising awareness about their organization and cause.

Organized by Rotaract Long Beach and hosted by Alfredo’s Beach Club, the event will feature not only sand sculptures of all sizes, but also food vendors, music, a kid’s zone, and various attractions for all ages. Teams will begin sculpting at 9am and attempt to create the sculpture that best embodies “The Spirit of Long Beach”, which is this year’s theme. The contest and the prize ceremony will take place between 2pm and 4pm.

In celebration of the 100th year Anniversary of the Port of Long Beach, the Port generously sponsored this year’s event.  A sculpture highlighting Port History will be one of the main attractions of this year’s contest, coupled with materials and presenters explaining the significance of the Centennial Anniversary.

“The event has been a community favorite in previous years,” said Nate Trimmer, Vice President of Operations at Rotaract Long Beach. “We are looking forward to seeing sculptures of all shapes and sizes come into existence this year as well.”

The Great Sand Sculpture Contest is Saturday August 13, 2011 at Granada Beach, 1 Granada Ave, Long Beach CA 90803. Sculpting, 9am – 2pm; Judging, 2pm – 3pm; Prizes, 3pm – 4pm.

Viewing is open to the public and attendance is free. For more information on becoming an event sponsor or registering a team to compete in the contest, readers are encouraged to visit the event website,

Rotaract Long Beach is a not-for-profit community service organization for young professionals. It aims to develop tomorrow’s leaders by giving motivated and committed individuals the opportunity to lead projects and make a difference both locally and internationally.

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