Families, friends and kids of all ages: Come play in the sand at the 7th annual Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival on Friday, July 12 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the beach next to the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier at Heather Road.
Grab your buckets and shovels and get ready to create works of art. Making sand castles on the beach has been a fun summertime family activity since the first shell washed ashore, and now this great American pastime is coming back to the Wildwoods in a big way.
Fun activities featured at this year’s festival include horseshoes, cornhole and other games, as well as live music throughout the day.
The festival is organized in conjunction with Can You Dig It Sand Tools and directed by internationally known sand sculptor Matt Long. Long is a regular competitor at master competitions, including the World Championship of Sand Sculpting, and is an original cast member of the former Travel Channel Show Sand Masters. Long’s career in sand sculpting began right here in South Jersey at amateur events like this one.
Sculptures will be judged on creativity, execution, composition and overall presentation. Prizes and awards will be presented to the top three winners in each division. There will also be a People’s Choice Award for Best on the Beach, where the winner is voted by spectator ballot. To ensure a level playing field, the contest will have six separate divisions ranging from solo youth and youth groups to solo adult and adult teams.
Registration for the contest is FREE and will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 12.