The Clamshell Foundation’s Annual East Hampton Sandcastle Contest kicks off Saturday, August 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett.
For the 22nd summer in a row, individuals and groups of all ages will spend the day, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., creating sand masterpieces in five divisions, including Sand Fleas for children up to age 8 (with an adult), Sand Hoppers for ages 9–15, Sand Tribes for families, Sand Shapers for adults and Sand Pros for true sandcastle professionals.
The event will raise money through registration fees, sale of the T-shirts, merchandise and other donations for a variety of charitable causes promoted and assisted by The Clamshell Foundation.
Building groups will be limited to six people and power tools or equipment of any kind is prohibited in the contest. Participants may use anything else to build their castles, but only natural materials native to the beach may be used in the sand sculpture itself.
Judging will commence at 3 p.m. and will be based on total points scored in five categories: originality, texture, group fun, animation and quality of work. Trophies and Prizes will be awarded to the top three groups in all categories. (Check out some of the cool sandcastles below for ideas)
To register for the event and see more remarkable sandcastles and sand sculptures from years past (including the ones pictured here), visit The Clamshell Foundation website, clamshellfoundation.org.