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The Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival is one of the most popular annual events during summer in Boston. The festival consists of a sand sculpting competition which draws in over 300,000 spectators and visitors every year. The competition, organized and hosted by the Revere Beach Partnership is the largest sand-sculpting contest in New England and has increased the popularity of Revere Beach with beachgoers coming in from all over the state and the region.
The Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival takes place every year in July at Revere Beach which has a particular history. Revere Beach was founded in 1895 and was the first public beach in the United States. It was named after Paul Revere, the famous Boston historical figure and an icon of the American Revolution. At its peak in popularity between 1906 and 1975, Revere Beach was known as the Coney Island of New England and had an amusement park built on it and many well-known dance clubs and discotheques.
Revere Beach is located about 4 miles north from downtown Boston and is a popular summertime destination for tourists and locals. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2004.
The Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival brings together fifteen of the best sand sculptors from around the world who compete for over $15,000 in prize money. Many of the sculptors have as many as two decades of experience working with and molding sand. The first place prize is $5,000 and each of the other competitors gets $1,000. Sand sculptures are judged for degree of difficulty, creativity and originality, overall visual impact and the quality of sculpting.
The festival has been taking place since July in 2004. During the competition, an area of Revere Beach is closed off for the artists as they prepare their sand masterpieces. Revere Beach has a boardwalk where beachgoers like to stroll, and many of them stop and admire the handiwork of the artists and the finished sculptures.
The way the competition goes is that artists get about 50 tons of sand in a loose pile. They then sculpt it into the general shape that they want and then they carve out their sand designs. They have a total 24 hourswhich are spread out over 4 days in order to make their sculpture. Each artist has a designated 18’ x 18’ square exhibit area where to make his or her sculpture. There are all kinds of spectacular creations made by the sculptors such as mermaids, fish, turtles, lions, famous landmarks, human forms and gigantic castles. There are also annual themes which are inspired by local Boston landmarks and attractions.
Throughout the four days of competition, theRevere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival also hosts tons of live musical entertainment by local bands and artists, but also a movie night. There is a learning center and children’s village especially for kids. There are also concessions and many other activities and events. The festival closes with a Sculpture judging and voting, an awards ceremony and a fireworks display.