This is the weekend so many people wait for.  It's the 21st Annual Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic!

These works of art are in progress right now on Hampton Beach.  Check out these pictures that I got from the Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic Facebook page:

This event is by invitation only from the Hampton Beach Village District in cooperation with the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce and the NH Division of Parks, according to  It's a marvelous thing to witness and highly recommended if you haven't had a chance to see these incredible sculptures in real life.

The competitors are all striving for the first place cash prize of $6,000.  In total, there are $25,000 worth of prizes to be handed out.  Usually, there is a fireworks display at the end of the competition, but that won't be happening this year because of the piping plovers, according to a report from WMUR.  

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