Enter sand hands! Coney Island to host annual sculpting contest

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It’ll be a sand-stravaganza!

This month’s sand-sculpting contest on Coney Island beach will feature as many as 40 amateur artists crafting models of castles, mermaids and animals.

The 21st annual event includes separate categories for adults and kids, who can win $400 in prize money for their grain greatness. The sculptures, held together by water, often reach the size of the artists making them.

“People have so much creativity that they want to express,” said Eric Levy of the Astella Development Corp., the community organization running the event with the New York Aquarium. “And a lot of people are really skilled in building these structures.”

But you don’t have to be building on the beach to enjoy the contest. Spectators will also be treated to dance groups and live bands, including a rock group made up of local librarians called “Between the Covers” and a Latin dance music ensemble called Santos.

“They really get the crowd lively and dancing along,” said Levy.

Sand sculpting contest [Coney Island beach [between W. 10th and W. 12th streets in Coney Island, (718) 266-4653], Aug. 6, noon-5 pm. Free. For info, visit

Posted 12:00 am, July 29, 2011
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