Crowds arrive for 1st sand sculpting contest of the season

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The Heino family of Laurel Springs finish up Clifford the Big Red Dog’s nose. The Heino family of Laurel Springs finish up Clifford the Big Red Dog’s nose. OCEAN CITY — Beachgoers walking the shoreline took their time to admire the sculptures being carved out of sand during the city’s first sand sculpting contest of the season Wednesday, July 11 on the Sixth Street beach. According to officials, there were 11 families competing, as well as nine individuals in varying age groups.

Winners of this 40th annual contest are:

Family division:

First place, the Allen family of Brigantine for the Brigantine Castle; second place, the Sandinistas for a Washed Up Whale; third place, the Drumm Family of Montville for a Polar Bear and Fish.

Honorable mentions included the Jernegan family of Allentown, Pa. for Sponge Bob, the Heino family from Laurel Springs for Dog with a Bone, the Lowry Family of Glen Rock for Man Washed Up and the Mazza Family of Croydon, Pa. for Elephant with Sand Castle.

Single adult division:

First place, Kevin Kunz of Bethlehem, Pa. for a Castle; second place, Lisa Fetter of Lanoka Harbor.

Teen division:

Boddey Brunner of Pittsburgh, Pa. for an Egyptian Village.

9-12 division: 

First place, Abby Dermott of West Chester, Pa. for a Hippo; second place, Kara Brummer of Pittsburgh, Pa. for a Beach Theme; third place, Harry Holly and Luke Law of the UK and Australia for an English Castle Village.

6-8 division:

First place, Amanda Dermott of West Chester, Pa. for a Piggy Pillow Pack; second place, Ava Dermott of West Chester, Pa. for a Whale.

Upper Town Township Keys division:

First place, Anja for Finding Nemo; second place, Nick for Castle with Moat; third place, Gabby, Erica, Emma and Adrianne for Teddy Bear; honorable mention, Abby and Maggie.

The second sand sculpting contest of the season will be Aug. 1 at the Sixth Street beach, followed by the Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant and Hermit Crab Races at 1 p.m.

 Lisa Getter of Lanoka Harbor carves out the details of her sand house, which will get a garden, as well. Lisa Getter of Lanoka Harbor carves out the details of her sand house, which will get a garden, as well.

 Lisa Getter of Lanoka Harbor carves out the details of her sand house, which will get a garden, as well. Lisa Getter of Lanoka Harbor carves out the details of her sand house, which will get a garden, as well.

 Kevin Kunz of Asbury works on his castle. Kevin Kunz of Asbury works on his castle.

 Natalie Santangelo, 11, of Washington Township, smoothes out the “C” in her family’s “I Love OC” sculpture on the beach Wednesday. Natalie Santangelo, 11, of Washington Township, smoothes out the “C” in her family’s “I Love OC” sculpture on the beach Wednesday.

 Natalie Santangelo, 11, of Washington Township, smoothes out the “O” in her family’s “I Love OC” sculpture on the beach Wednesday. Natalie Santangelo, 11, of Washington Township, smoothes out the “O” in her family’s “I Love OC” sculpture on the beach Wednesday.

 Natalie Santangelo, 11, of Washington Township, smoothes out the “O” in her family’s “I Love OC” sculpture on the beach Wednesday. Natalie Santangelo, 11, of Washington Township, smoothes out the “O” in her family’s “I Love OC” sculpture on the beach Wednesday.

Mike, pictured, and Kim Santangelo, and their children Natalie, 11, and Michael, 9, of Washington Township in Gloucester County, work on their “I Love OC” sculpture. Mike, pictured, and Kim Santangelo, and their children Natalie, 11, and Michael, 9, of Washington Township in Gloucester County, work on their “I Love OC” sculpture.

The Drumm and Bennett families of Montville and Blairstown create a polar bear with a fish while a crowd gathers to watch. The Drumm and Bennett families of Montville and Blairstown create a polar bear with a fish while a crowd gathers to watch.

The Drumm and Bennett families of Montville and Blairstown create a polar bear with a fish while a crowd gathers to watch. The Drumm and Bennett families of Montville and Blairstown create a polar bear with a fish while a crowd gathers to watch.

Central Avenue Sandinistas have a “Whale of a Time in OCNJ.” The group shares a house on Central Avenue, but hail from Allentown, Pa., Mt. Laurel, NJ, and Boston, Mass. Central Avenue Sandinistas have a “Whale of a Time in OCNJ.” The group shares a house on Central Avenue, but hail from Allentown, Pa., Mt. Laurel, NJ, and Boston, Mass.

Central Avenue Sandinistas have a “Whale of a Time in OCNJ.” The group shares a house on Central Avenue, but hail from Allentown, Pa., Mt. Laurel, NJ, and Boston, Mass. Central Avenue Sandinistas have a “Whale of a Time in OCNJ.” The group shares a house on Central Avenue, but hail from Allentown, Pa., Mt. Laurel, NJ, and Boston, Mass.

 Jake Golley of Vineland and Karen and Cody Foulke of Egg Harbor Township aren’t sure what they are carving out. Jake Golley of Vineland and Karen and Cody Foulke of Egg Harbor Township aren’t sure what they are carving out.

 The Allen family of Brigantine creates the Brigantine Castle. The Allen family of Brigantine creates the Brigantine Castle.

 The Allen family of Brigantine creates the Brigantine Castle. The Allen family of Brigantine creates the Brigantine Castle.

 Jonas Lowry of Glenrock, not pictured, gets help from his family with his man on a surfboard. Jonas Lowry of Glenrock, not pictured, gets help from his family with his man on a surfboard.

 Jonas Lowry of Glenrock, not pictured, gets help from his family with his man on a surfboard. Jonas Lowry of Glenrock, not pictured, gets help from his family with his man on a surfboard.

 Kali Kratz of Philadelphia, Pa. works on Patrick, asking SpongeBob SquarePants to “Call me, maybe?” Kali Kratz of Philadelphia, Pa. works on Patrick, asking SpongeBob SquarePants to “Call me, maybe?”

 Kali Kratz of Philadelphia, Pa. works on Patrick, asking SpongeBob SquarePants to “Call me, maybe?” Kali Kratz of Philadelphia, Pa. works on Patrick, asking SpongeBob SquarePants to “Call me, maybe?”


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