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Hampton Beach Master Sandsculpting Sand Castle Competition

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Dates:Thursday, June 15, 2023 - Saturday, June 17, 2023
Ages:Infants, Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Category:Seasonal Fun
hampton beach master sandsculpting sand castle competition photoThe fun begins on June 15, when 200 tons of sand from a local quarry will be transported to Hampton Beach for the sculptors to pound up.

According to Martineau, the sand at Hampton is too porous for the sculptors to work with and will not be sturdy enough when compacted and molded. Once combined with water, the imported fine-grain sand gets pounded and molded into something special.


Mon. – Wed. – June 12-13-14: Massive 100 Ton Sponsor Site Created
Wed., June 14 – Sponsors Grand Finale with a Master Group Carve

Thurs., Fri., & Sat., June 15-16-17 – Solo Competition

Sat., June 17 – 1:00 – 3:00 PM Voting for People’s Choice Award.
Sat., June 17 at 8:00 PM Awards Ceremony on the Sea Shell Stage. Special Fireworks Display at 9:30 PM.
The entire area is illuminated for nightly viewing through June 26th.

This invitational only event has grown in leaps and bounds making it the largest Masters competition in the Northeast United States.

Hampton has attracted the attention of millions of visitors who came to watch something which is part sculpture part performance art

*There is no glue in the sand, but the sculptors are allowed to spray their sculptures with an adhesive glaze so they stay up longer.

$25,000 purse and entry awards as follows: First Place $6,000; Second Place $4,000; Third Place $3,000; Fourth Place $2,000. People’s Choice Award $1,000. Non-placing competitors receive $1,500. There is also a Sculptor’s Choice Award that is only a prestige award, granted by their peers, that has no monetary prize.



22 C Street, hampton, NH, 03842 map
Phone: 603-926-8717

From the South:
Take 95 North to Exit 2 in Hampton
Bear Left after Hampton Toll Booth onto 101 East towards Hampton (5.4 Miles)

From the North:
Take 95 South to Exit 2 in Hampton
Bear Left after Hampton Toll Booth onto 101 East towards Hampton (5.4 Miles)

From the West:
Take 101 East towards Hampton/ Portsmouth/ NH Seacoast (5.4 Miles)

From the East: We hope you can swim................

Travel and Transportation Links

C & J Trailways Bus Service
Shuttle service to Boston & beyond.
From Portsmouth or Newburyport Terminals.
Toll-free: 800-258-7111

Hampton Airfield
Small airfield offering flying lessons, scenic airplane rides, and special flying events. U.S. Route 1, Lafayette Road
North Hampton, NH 03862

Manchester, NH Airport
The Convenient Alternative to Logan.
Conveniently located adjacent to Interstates 93 & 293, Route 101 and the F.E. Everett Turnpike. In the heart of New England, Manchester Airport is just fifty minutes from Hampton Beach.

Get detailed directions at Map Quest.

Download our map of Hampton Beach, NH.


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