Revere Beach to Host 9th Annual Sandcastle Event

Everett native Lori Ziedins puts some of the finishing touches on the Green Monster in a sandy tribute to Fenway Park at the 9th Annual Revere Beach National Sandsculpting Festival – which runs through Sunday this weekend, with the big day coming Saturday. When Ziedins is not busy impersonating Barbara Streisand, she can be found at the Beach working as a professional sand sculptor.

Under a microscope, grains of sand appear unique, colorful and majestic pieces of natural art.

And they’re even more stunning when billions of those grains are corralled by professional sand sculptors and formed into amazing works of sculpture.

That’s exactly what’s happening right now as the 9th Annual Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival has kicked off, with a dozen or more professional sculptors already putting the finishing touches on the centerpiece sculpture – which is a fitting tribute to the 100th birthday of Fenway Park.

The Fenway Tribute features the Green Monster, Wally the Mascot and a number of other surprises that will dazzle Red Sox fans big and small.

On Thursday morning, the actual professional competition will begin.

Sculptors will work on their individual creations through Thursday, Friday and most of Saturday.

Judging for the competition will take place on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Fireworks will be shot off at 9:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Thursday night will feature an Opening Ceremony, and there will be exhibition tents, food, kiddie rides and sandcastle lessons for kids.

“On behalf of the Revere Beach Partnership, we hope you will join us for the 9th Annual National Sand Sculpting Festival, our marquee event which attracts over 500,000 people from all over the country to see master sand-sculptors from all over the world competing for $20,000 in prizes,” said Adrienne Maguire and John Hamel of the Revere Beach Partnership, which puts on the festival each year. “This year’s event begins on July 12 and concludes on July 15th. We invite you to enjoy the sculptures, foods, exhibitors, and most importantly, our beautiful beach. There are many activities for the young ones in our Children’s village and we hope you will all join us for the fireworks extravaganza on Saturday night.”

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