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Join us at the Sand Castle Contest this Saturday

The Manasquan Tourism Commission is hosting the annual Sand Castle Contest at Big Sea Day at Riddle Way Beach this Saturday, Aug. 9. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 10.

Registration will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the gazebo at Riddle Way Beach. There are three categories: ages 7 and under, ages 8 to 15, and the family category. Castle builders will build their creations between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Judging will begin at 1 p.m. The winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m. at the Riddle Way Beach Gazebo.

Winners’ categories include first, second and third place, as well as the Mayor’s Trophy, for each age group.

The contest is intended to be fun while recognizing the most clever ideas and craftsmanship. The use of natural materials is an important part of the judging. Use of sea shells, driftwood, and other natural materials from the beach is encouraged. Judges will be looking for the use of natural materials, a good theme, overall skill, and creativity.

The contest is free to all participants. The Manasquan Tourism Commission has proudly hosted this contest for the past 11 years; it is one of the commission’s many summer events.

“The tourism commission looks forward to the Sand Castle Contest and Big Sea Day all year long,” event chair and Councilman Michael Mangan said. “This family-friendly summer fun event is always a good time for the kids and adults alike. We are looking forward to seeing the same creativity and ingenuity that accompanies the Sand Castle Contest every year.”

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Sand Castle Contest coming soon

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We are busy getting ready to host our annual Sand Castle Contest at Big Sea Day on the Manasquan beachfront on Saturday, Aug. 11. The popular event draws many each year, and even if you’re not interested in building a sand castle, be sure to stop by and check out the awesome sand sculptures the competitors create!

Courtesy of Sueanne Goss, Star News Group

Photo: Steve Wexler, Star News Group

Registration will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the gazebo at Whiting Avenue. This year, there will be three categories:

  • Ages 1 to 7
  • Ages 8 to 15
  • The family category

Castle-builders will create their castles between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and judging will be held at 1 p.m. The winners will be announced after the judging. There will be first-, second- and third-place awards in each category, and there is a special Mayor’s Trophy.

Photo: Steve Wexler, Star News Group

Photo: Steve Wexler, Star News Group

The tourism commission has hosted the contest for the past 10 years and it is one of many of our summer events. It is intended to be a fun contest, while recognizing the most clever ideas and craftsmanship. The use of natural materials is an important part of the judging — using shells, driftwood and natural material from the beach is encouraged. Around 55-60 castles are built each year.

Photo: Sueanne Goss, Star News Group

Photo: Sueanne Goss, Star News Group

Tourism member Jim Coakley is the chairman of the Sand Castle Contest, and had the following to say:

This is always the highlight of my summer. It is fun to watch the younger builders create sand castles from the natural elements. Too, family rivalries have developed over the years and it is great to see which family grouping can win. The whole idea of the contest is to have fun on the beach. Of course, the contest is free. Big Sea Day and the Sand Castle Contest are a great way to enjoy our beautiful beach and celebrate summer in Manasquan.

As always, we hope to see you there!