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New Jersey Sandcastle Contest Attracts Over 8,500 Visitors

Over 300 Contestants of All Ages Competed in 17th Annual Belmar Event

BELMAR, NJ (July 14, 2003) – The Belmar Board of Tourism, D’Jais Beachcomber Grill, and Springboard Public Relations today announced that the 17th Annual New Jersey Sandcastle Contest, which took place on Wednesday, July 9th at Belmar’s 18th Avenue Beach, was a great success, attracting over 8,500 people and 300 participants.

"The New Jersey Sandcastle Contest has been a tradition in Belmar since 1987, and is one of the biggest sandcastle contests in the country," said Frank Sementa, chairman of the event. "With the continued support of local sponsors and our enthusiastic participants, the contest gets bigger and better every year."

The annual sandcastle contest is a full-day celebration of the New Jersey beaches, with prizes, food, entertainment, and more. The popular event often draws a large crowd of expert and amateur enthusiasts from around New Jersey and neighboring states. Chuck Feld, one of 40 master sandcastle sculptors in the United States, was on hand at this year’s event to offer participants and onlookers a professional demonstration of sand sculpting techniques.

This year’s event had over 300 contestants representing individuals of all ages, as well as teams of all sizes, including many day camps that brought hundreds of kids by the busload. Many unique and innovative sand sculptures were built, including traditional sandcastles, and array of creations such as fire trucks, miniature golf courses, and sea serpents.

Participants were judged on creativity, resourcefulness, originality, and accessorizing. First, second, and third prizes were awarded to the following winners in each of four age categories. There was also a prize for Day Camps and Best of Beach.


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2003 Sandcastle and Sand Sculpting Winners

Age 7 years old and under category: first place, the Romanello kids of East Rutherford; second place, the 8th Avenue Belmar Barb-babes; third place, Rebecca McCann of Jackson.

Age 8 to 11 years old category: first place, Dole of Wall; second place, Andrew and Nicole Maturo, and Shelby Rost of Cranford; third place, Tracy Cahill of Wall.

Age 12 to 15 years old category: first place, Taylore Venice, and Adrianna and Patricia DelPazzo, of Wall; second place, the Brookside School of Sea Girt; third place, Rose Rella of Old Bridge.

Age 16 years old and up category: first place, Mark and Nicole D’Angelo of Belmar, second place, Ron, Christopher, Masalanka, and Dave Brennan; third place, Dave Corbett and John Reynolds of Spring Lake.

This year, there was a tie for the coveted Best of the Beach prize. The Buddha Boys of Neptune, shared the top award with Gleny, Mike, John, and Binky of Belmar. Both teams won a bike, donated by DJ’s Cycles of Belmar.

Sponsors and prize donors included: Dasani Water, Herr Foods, Inc., Rita’s Ices, Chap Stick®, Seaview Beverage, Kiefer Awards, DJ’s Cycles,, Sand Pounders, Exit 98, 3 Brothers from Italy Pizza, Brave New World, Lakewood Blue Claws, Taylor Hardware, Annie Ocean Grill, Santoro’s Pizzeria, Dairy Queen, WindMill Restaurant, Chef Ed’s, Eastern Line Surf Shop, Salon By The Sear, Hoffman’s Ice Cream, and Matisse Restaurant.

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