Winners of The Long Beach Great Sand Sculpture Contest Announced

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On August 16-17, Rotaract Long Beach hosted the 82nd Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest, a free, two-day community festival featuring amateur and professional sand sculpting, arts and crafts, live music and charity fundraising. An estimated $2,500 of event proceeds will be directly donated to the Long Beach Library Foundation.

On Saturday, August 16, 8 internationally recognized professional sand sculptors took to the beach to craft Long Beach’s first ever 100-ton centerpiece sculpture.  The crew carved a remarkable piece of art highlighting this year’s event theme “FIZZ, BOOM, READ!”  The sculpture required two-days of heavy machinery, over 120-hours of professional labor and 3-full days of sculpting.

On Sunday, August 17, 30 community teams lined the beaches of Belmont Shore to sculpt their way into the Sand Sculpture Contest Hall of Fame.  Teams competed in three unique categories: Family, Civic and Corporate teams. Teams were encouraged to sculpt similar to this year’s STEM theme of “FIZZ, BOOM, READ!” Celebrity judges including Ron Nelson, Executive Director of the Long Beach Art Museum, Stephanie James, Board President of the Long Beach Library Foundation, Stacy Mungo, 5th District Council Member, Suzie Price, 3rd District Council Member, and Kym Cloughesy, Mrs. Southern California Cities.

Sculpture themes included corporate logos, giant sea turtles, Star War’s characters such as R2D2 and alien space crafts. The Grand Prize winning team, Higher Education, crafted a NASA space-shuttle with a moon-landed astronaut who was reading a book, without his glasses, on the moon. Winning teams were awarded donated prizes from local businesses and each 1st place team received a Keurig machine from event sponsor Keurig.

View a complete list of team winners and plot numbers.

The Great Sand Sculpture Contest is a Long Beach tradition and one of the city’s most popular summer events. This year, more than 10,000 people attended the contest. The contest is hosted by Rotaract Long Beach, a group of young leaders aged 21 – 35 whose mission is to develop the leaders of tomorrow, today.  Rotaract regularly serves local non-profit organizations including the Gold Star Manor, Long Beach VA Hospital, Miller’s Children’s Hospital and more.  For more information on Rotaract, see a list of all upcoming events on Facebook:

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