Sunday, July 20, 2014

Revere Beach 2014 National Sand Castle Festival

This weekend was the annual Revere Beach National Sand Castle Festival.  I've been a few times before (see 2012 here and 2011 here) yet each time I see these elaborate sand castles I am in awe.  They are incredible.  The detail is amazing.

Revere Beach is a city beach but they have cleaned up the area a lot over the past few years and it is quite nice.  Revere Beach is a National Historic Landmark for being America's first public beach.

The sand castle competition brings sculptors from all over the world which is pretty impressive.  The winner gets $5,000 which isn't much when you consider their travel expenses and time!  There are strict rules including only sand and water being allowed, approximately 12 tons of sand each, 30 hours of competition and only the master sculptor may work on the castle.

Since we went on Friday night the sculptors were still working on their castles.  It was cool to see them in process and watch them work!

This is the "Centerpiece Castle" and the theme this year was Stars and Stripes in the Sand (although if you ask me it didn't seem like any other castles went along with this theme)!

 This Rio 2 castle was Carter's favorite!

4th Place: Eternal Love

3rd Place: Snail Trail

 2nd Place: War - My Heart Tells Me Otherwise

 People's Choice: Time Is Running Out

Somehow I missed taking photos of a couple of the castles.  Go here to see the 1st Place Winner. I guess I wasn't that impressed with that castle since I didn't take a photo.  Haha!   

Carter loved that the army had a bunch of trucks/jeeps there for the kids to try out!

We were smart of go on Friday night because not only was the weather awesome but it wasn't too crowded.  In the past we've gone on the weekend days and it has been CRAZY! This was much better (except for the fact that the castles were not 100% finished).

The rest of my weekend was spend in a conference. . . exciting stuff for me and my career but don't want to bore you with all that!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!


  1. wow! These are absolutely incredible. I've never been to Revere Beach but I have heard my husband mention it from time to time. I will have to try and schedule a visit to my in laws to coincide with this next year!

  2. Those are awesome sculptures! I can't believe how they stay together!

  3. Those are unreal!! I think the one with the cutouts should've won. I don't even know how that's physically possible to make!

    Thanks for linking up :)

  4. I can't believe it it only sand and water. Such creative sculptures.

  5. Wow I can't believe how creative and artistic people are. Some of those are unreal!

  6. Wow that is pretty impressive! I agree though... those don't really fall into the them lol

    Thanks for linking up!