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CANCELED: Belmar Tourism Presents The New Jersey Sandcastle Contest

The 2020 New Jersey Sandcastle Contest is canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please contact Belmar tourism officials at 732-681-3700, ext. 214, for more information.

Bring your sand pails and creative flair to Belmar beach for the 34th annual New Jersey Sandcastle Contest on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. This family-favorite event draws crowds of competitors and spectators to 18th Avenue beach for a day of digging and sculpting by the sea.

The competition, which begins at 8:00 a.m., is free and open to participants of all ages. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded in the following categories, along with a Best on Beach award:

  • Age 7 and under

  • Age 8 to 11

  • Age 12 to 15

  • Age 16+

  • Camps and recreation

  • Family

  • Classic sandcastle

​Judging begins at noon. The judges will evaluate each entry for its originality, creativity, resourcefulness, and use of accessories. Because the tide eventually washes the sandcastle designs into the ocean, participants should use natural ingredients and environmentally safe materials when creating their masterpieces.

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For the past several years, the Bikini Boys from Seaside Heights, New Jersey, have snagged the Best on Beach award with their elaborate sand sculptures. They took home first prize in 2019 with "SpongeBob Riding a Sea Serpent," their tribute to the 20th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants.

In 2018, the Bikini Boys won top honors with their "Yabba Dabba Do" Flinstones-themed sandcastle, while in 2017, they edged out the competition with their stunning “Etch-a-Dragon" creation.

RELATED: Sky-High Summer Adventures At Belmar Parasail Some of the Beachcomber Blog's favorite entries in last year's sandcastle contest were the life-sized SkeeBall alley, which won first place in the Family category, an award-winning horse mermaid, and "Bee Kind," featuring a giant honeybee.

The New Jersey Sandcastle Contest is presented by the Belmar Tourism Commission and D’Jais. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for July 16.

For more information, contact Belmar Tourism officials at 732-681-3700, ext. 214, or email us with any questions.

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Young Giani from Lake Como takes in his first-prize winning moment.

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