Saturday, July 26, 2008

Sand Sculptors 2008

1st Place entry Revere, MA - June 26, 2008 - Congratulations to Carl Jara of Cleveland, Ohio! First Place winner again, back to back! With this year’s sculptures still in place, our artists are already mulling ideas to meet the even greater challenge that next year will bring. This year’s theme is “Heroes”, and there are a total of eleven artists competing for five places. First Place wins $3,500...all the way down to $200 for Fifth Place, with a few extras thrown in. Coordinator of this year’s Sand Sculpturing, Sean Fitzpatrick of “Fitzy Snowman” is a local from Saugus, Massachusetts. The sand was delivered last week from Hudson, New Hampshire, and the local Department of Public Works and state park Department of Conservation and Recreation moved the tonnage with two front-end loaders over a two-day period. Quite an achievement in and of itself! Sand sculpting has always been a thought provoking form of art attracting thousands of spectators. Thanks to all our volunteers, Lillian Guido and the Revere Beach Partnership, husband Jim Guido and the Revere Police Department, Revere’s Auxiliary Police, Department of Conservation and Recreation and Department of Public Works, the Massachusetts State Police, whatever other Departments I’m missing, our sculptors, artists and competitors, and most importantly, all of you…the Fifth Annual New England Sand Sculpturing Festival at Revere Beach was a huge success! Though turnout seemed iffy for some time, the thunderstorms that lurked in the distance steered clear, and didn’t seem to keep too many people away! One great addition to this year’s event was a carriage and wheelchair accessible mat that allowed for safety, and a chance for all to get a closer look. The impermanence of the medium provides a compelling factor drawing entire families to the sand sculpting festival with their cameras. Record-sized crowds, overwhelming levels of talent, famous vendors; Nantucket Nectars, Fuse, and 93.7 FM radio, and many more came to Revere Beach. With the music accompanied fireworks display that could knock your sandals off, we have become quite a success and have earned nationwide recognition! More and more families and friends from all over join us in the festivities each year, and the event continues to grow! Let’s reserve your spot in the sand for next year! Thousands of people came to Revere Beach to see the works of art sculpurted in the sand and to enjoy a great fire works display on Saturday night. Despite the huge crowd no arrests were made and the several minor medical aide calls were easily handled thanks to the combined efforts of the Mass State Police, Revere Police, Revere Auxiliary Police, Revere Fire Dept., and the DCR Park Rangers and staff. A special thanks to Cataldo Ambulance Service for their continued support to the City of Revere and public safety. I hope everyone will enjoy these photo's as much as I
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