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National Sand Sculpting Festival 
Revere Beach 
July 18 - 20, 2013

Revere Beach is located six miles north of downtown Boston. The beach is a natural mudflat with a wide sandy knoll along its three-mile length. From 1906 to 1975, Revere Beach contained a popular amusement park, that was considered by many to be Boston's Coney Island. During its hey-day in the 1920s, it was not unusual for 100,000 people to visit Revere Beach to swim, ride an amusement, or go to one of the famous dance halls that operated there for many years.

During the 1980s, condominiums were constructed along Revere Beach, which marked the beginning of revitalization in the area. In 2004, the first New England Sand Sculpting Festival was held. The annual contest soon offered cash prizes, which attracted famous sculptors from all over the world. This year’s tournament will take place from Friday July 18 to Sunday July 20, 2014, near the bandstand on Revere Beach Boulevard (between Beach Street and Shirley Avenue). The closest MBTA stop is Revere Beach Station on the Blue Line, which is located only one block away from the festival. Free parking is available along Ocean Avenue and Revere Beach Boulevard (review signs for time limits), as well as parking lots (fee) near Wonderland MBTA Station.

Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival
Sand Sculpting Festival

Revere Beach has a broad sidewalk reminiscent of an old-fashioned boardwalk. During the sand-sculpting event, a small fence is set up parallel to the sea wall. Visitors stroll along a walkway in the sand and observe the art works displayed in a temporary gallery. Artists are usually sponsored by local businesses, with familiar Boston landmarks often being the theme for the festival.

The artists adhere to strict rules during the contest. Each sculptor is given 10 tons of sand and are assigned an 18’ x 18’ square exhibit area. Work by the artists is limited to 24 hours in total length, which is spread out over several days. Forms for molding components are allowed and must be removed prior to the artworks being rated by the judges. The sand sculptures are evaluated using four categories: (1) degree of difficulty, (2) originality and creativity, (3) quality of sculpting, and (4) overall visual impact. Thousands of dollars in prize money are offered each year, which garners some of the best artists in the nation to the festival. The New England Sand Sculpting event draws a lot of people to Revere Beach, and has increased the appeal of visiting this local attraction.

During its peak as an amusement park, Revere Beach actually had 3 roller coasters operating at the same time. The Cyclone was the most famous roller coaster, and was known for its exciting drop and sharp curves. The Cyclone shut down in 1973, and was destroyed by fire in 1974. The last ride at the beach was Hurley's Dodgem, which this editor fondly remembers (near Joe & Nemo's & the Playland Arcade).

To convey how popular Revere Beach was at one time, the following is quoted from 1869 in The Oracle magazine: "Before us spreads the broad curving beach, amply wide for a score of carriages to drive abreast, when, as at present, the tide is at ebb. The wealth and fashion of New England are here, rolling in magnificent equipages, or gaily curvetting upon mettled steeds. The surf breaks in a murmur along the shore, sending the white foam of the wave crests high up the sand which glitters with the reflection of the gorgeous sunlight. The splendor of the fashionable world is here; but the real splendor of sea and sky is the picture of which this pageant of fashion forms but the tinsel fringe."

Main features of the National Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach:

• Master Sand Sculpting Competition 
• Food Trucks 
• Live Entertainment 
• Exhibit Booths 
• Community Village 
• Interactive Learning Zone 
• Children’s Sand Sculpting Lessons 
• VIP/Sponsor Reception 
• Fireworks Extravaganza

 

2010 Festival Photos 
2006 Festival Photos

 

Friday July 18, 2014

8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Solo Master Sand Sculptor Competition

10:00 am - 10:00 pm 
Sand Sculpting Festival Open 
Exhibitors & Concessions Open

10:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Interactive Kids Zone

10:00 am - 10:00 pm  
Entertainment:
 
10:00 am – To Be Announced 
11:00 am – To Be Announced 
12:00 pm – To Be Announced 
1:00 pm – To Be Announced 
3:00 pm – To Be Announced 
4:00 pm – To Be Announced 
6:00 pm – To Be Announced 
8:00 pm – To Be Announced

Saturday July 19, 2014

10:00 am - 10:00 pm 
Sand Sculpting Festival Open 
Exhibitors & Concessions Open

8:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Solo Master Sculptor Competition

10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Sculpting Lessons

10:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Interactive Kids Zone

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm 
Sculpture Judging & Voting

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
Awards Ceremony

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Sponsor & VIP Reception (Invitation Only)

9:00 pm - 9:30 pm 
Fireworks Extravaganza

10:00 am - 10:00 pm 
Entertainment:
 
10:00 am – To Be Announced 
11:00 am – To Be Announced 
1:00 pm – To Be Announced 
3:00 pm – To Be Announced 
6:00 pm – To Be Announced

Sunday July 20, 2014

10:00 am - 10:00 pm 
Sand Sculpting Festival Open 
Exhibitors & Concessions Open

10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Sculpting Lessons

10:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Interactive Kids Zone

10:00 am - 10:00 pm 
Entertainment (2013 Schedule):
 
10:00 am – Face painting with Gin C Face Painting 
10:00 AM – Silly Willy 
10:00 am – Kite Flying Demo with Sea Side Kites 
10:30 am – Hot Tamales Brass Dixieland Band 
11:30 am – Ultimate Frisbee Demos & Instruction Sessions 
1:00 pm – Ain't That America John Mellencamp Tribute 
3:00 pm – Peter Panic the Juggler 
4:30 pm – That's That Rock/Blues Band 
6:30 pm – Mariachi Fantasia Band 
8:00 pm – All Summer Long Beach Boys Tribute Band

10:00 pm 
Festival Closed 
Exhibitors & Concessions Closed
 
(Sculpture Viewing is Usually Possible Until Erosion Occurs)

 

Contact Information & Address:

Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival 
Revere Beach Blvd at Beach Street, Revere MA 02151 
reverebeachpartnership.com

 

Rapunzel Sand Sculpture 2010
Rapunzel Sand Sculpture (2010)
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