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  • Sandcastles in Nantucket

    Sand isn't just for sitting on and relaxing at the shore. In Nantucket sand is taken seriously and each year this Massachusetts island celebrates the coast with a sandcastle and sculpture day.
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  • Sandcastles in Nantucket

    This year's competition on Aug. 21 will yield more than 50 sculptures for what has become a late-summer ritual for some. Pre-registration is necessary.
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  • Sandcastles in Nantucket

    The rules are simple: be creative. Tools and building aids, ornaments and decorations all may be used, but none are supplied.
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  • Sandcastles in Nantucket

    Contestants are urged to work with biodegradable items, and must take away any non-biodegradable items used.
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  • Sandcastles in Nantucket

    Contestants may enter in one of four categories: family team, adult team, 11-to-16-year-olds, and 10 and under. The age group of a team is determined by its oldest member. A family is considered a team if adults participate. Family members not registered can cheer all they want but must keep their hands off the sand.
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  • Sandcastles in Nantucket

    Judging is based on creativity, concept and design.
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  • Sandcastles in Nantucket

    Previous entries have included everything from Nantucket Lightship Baskets to VW Bugs.
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  • Sandcastles in Nantucket

    All participants will receive a ribbon and a People's Choice ribbon will be awarded! Judges are professional artists from the faculty of the Nantucket Island School of Design.
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  • Sandcastles in Nantucket

    Even if you can't carve magic out of the sand, the event at Jetties Beach is free for spectators and anybody can show up.
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  • Sandcastles in Nantucket

    Here an Octopus washes up on shore.
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  • Sandcastles in Nantucket

    See kids, mermaids really do exist.
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  • Sandcastles in Nantucket

    Spectators pack the beach to see contestants make magic out of the sand.
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  • Sandcastles in Nantucket

    Add a little water and suddenly sand turns into sandcastles.
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