Monday, August 2, 2010

37th Annual Nantucket Sandcastle & Sculpture Day

NANTUCKET, MA - The Chamber in conjunction with the Nantucket Island School of Design and the Arts (NISDA), will hold the 37th Annual Nantucket Sandcastle and Sculpture Day on Saturday, August 21, 2010 on Jetties Beach beginning at 12 PM.

Over 50 sculptures will emerge from the sand on this August afternoon for what has become a late-summer ritual for some, as families and teams return year after year to vie for top honors.

The rules are simple - be creative. Tools and building aids, ornaments and decorations all may be used, but none are supplied. Contestants are urged to work with biodegradable items, and must take away any non-biodegradable items used. Pre-registration is necessary. You may register at the Chamber office at Zero Main Street until noon on Friday, August 20, 2009.

Contestants may enter in one of four categories: Family Team, Adult Team, 11-16 Year Olds and 10 & Under. The age group of a team is determined by its oldest member. A family is considered a team if adults participate. Family members not registered can cheer all they want but must keep their hands off the sand. The non-refundable entry fee is $10 per person. Judging is based on creativity, concept and design. Previous entries have included everything from Nantucket Lightship Baskets to VW Bugs. All participants will receive a ribbon and a People's Choice ribbon will be awarded! Judges are professional artists from the faculty of the Nantucket Island School of Design.

This is a fun-filled day for participants or admirers of sandcastle sculpting (free admission for spectators!) A visit to Jetties Beach to watch the sculpting in action or view the finished sculptures at sunset is well worth the trip! For more information, please call the Chamber of Commerce at 508-228-1700.

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