Is it me or is building a sandcastle one of the hardest things to do? I've been going to the beach since I was in diapers and I still have no idea how to properly build a sandcastle. To be honest... I might never have the skill and patience to pull it off. Keep in mind, this is coming from someone who can barely draw a stick figure!

Seriously though, It amazes me when I'm strolling on the beach and I see a beautiful sandcastle. Most of the time the creativity is remarkable! It's truly impressive and I have no idea how people have the artistic ability to pull it off. Patience and persistence have to be the key to success!

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With that, one of New Jersey's largest sandcastle contests will return to Belmar Beach this July. The New Jersey Sandcastle Contest IS BACK! The 34th annual event will take place Wednesday, July 14th on 18th avenue beach. The sandcastle contest draws crowds of competitors and spectators from all over New Jersey! It's a perfect day out for friends and family members.

The sandcastle contest will begin with registration at 8:30 am. It's FREE and open to participants of all ages. Judging will begin at Noon. Expect judges to evaluate each entry for its originality, creativity, resourcefulness, and use of accessories. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded in the categories below:

  • Age 7 & under
  • Age 8 to 11
  • Age 12 to 15
  • Age 16+
  • Camps & Recreation
  • Family
  • Classic Sandcastle
  • Best On Beach

The New Jersey Sandcastle Contest is presented by the D'Jais and the Belmar Tourism Commission. It's also sponsored by Frank Sementa. The rain date will be rescheduled for Wednesday, July 21st.

More information - call Belmar Tourism at 732-682-3700 ext. 214.

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