N.H. News Roundup: Hampton Beach’s sweet sand sculptures, Merrimack’s trapped by tolls
One of the sand sculptures in progress at the 10th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition at Hampton Beach in Hampton, N.H., Saturday, June 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Master sand sculptor Carl Jara of Lyndhurst, Ohio, works on his piece titled 'Fish Out of Water' during the 10th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition at Hampton Beach in Hampton, N.H., Saturday, June 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Justin Gordon of Groveland, Mass., uses a straw to blow away loose sand while sand sculpting at Hampton Beach, N.H. on Friday, June 23, 2006. More than a dozen artists are competing for $15,000 in prize money. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Greg Grady throws sand to fill a mold during the Master Sand Sculpting competition in Hampton Beach, N.H., Thursday, June 18, 2009. Competitors from across the country, Canada are vying for the $3,000 first place prize. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
There’s an event coming up that looks to be (250) tons of fun!
It’s the Annual Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Contest, which has been a staple of the beach’s summer event schedule since 2001.
The competition will run Thursday through Saturday, and awards will also be given out Saturday – including the $15,000 purse – followed by fireworks. The scultpures will remain on display until July 7.
New Hampshire’s Greg Grady is the founder and coordinator of the event, and his son, Greg J. Grady will compete. In all, 13 sculptors are listed as the event’s competitors, including defending event champion Carl D. Jara of Ohio.
The event was listed as one of the reasons why Hampton Beach was named one of the top beaches in the United States by the Weather Channel, and it even has its own Yelp! page – 4½ stars if you were wondering!
To check out more scultures from past competitions and the ongoing setup process, be sure to check out the event’s Facebook page.
There’s a dragon on there that’s sure to impress. I mean, who doesn’t love a giant sandy dragon?
In other news
∎ Merrimack and toll booths have a long, complicated history.
∎ Bike Week saw a big turnout despite some less-than-ideal weather.
∎ Jim Roche, president of the Business and Industry Association, tries to layout the Granite State’s stake in immigration reform.
∎ New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns “No More Names” bus tour will make a stop tomorrow afternoon in Concord.
∎ A billionaire has been named in New Hampshire – Hanover’s Andrea Reimann-Ciardelli.
∎ The final section of the Memorial Bridge is being put into place today.
∎ The Nature Conservancy and N.H. fisherman have announced a new partnership.
∎ Syrup production in the Granite State was up 64 percent from the disappointing 2012 season.
∎ Be on the lookout for the Saturniidae family of moths – the largest moths in North America.
∎ The first day of the New Hampshire Decathlon and Heptathlon is in the books.
∎ A sixth player, forward Jason Salvaggio, from the United States Hockey League has committed to play for UNH.
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