Amazing Sea Creatures, Castles an More at the 25th Annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest

The 25th Annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest took place this past Saturday, and hundreds of families participated in the contest while beachgoers and spectators came by to check it out.

Rich Demand, who helped his friend Tim O’Keefe take first place for their “Spirits of the Sea” sculpture, said they just let their imaginations guide them. He explained that some of the unexpected “mistakes” that come with working with sand are just part of the fun.

“I was forming an arch and a part fell out that looked like cat ears,” he said. “I decided to make a couple of eyeballs and it stayed there for a while. An hour later, I realized it really needed a smiley face and I just added the mouth.”

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