37th Annual Sandcastle Contest held at South Side

July 15, 2017

The 37th Annual Delaware Seashore State Park Sandcastle Contest was held July 8. Builders of all ages enjoyed the sun, the beach and the competition of constructing densely packed mounds of sand into majestic fortresses. Contestants were judged on originality, creativity, complexity, aesthetic appeal, and use of natural materials.

The 12 and under winners prize was awarded to "Bethany Babies," constructed by Luca and Christian Guerrieri, Maya and Reece Vanderslice, and Avery Jones of Ocean View for their sand sculpture titled "Hermie Hut."

The Open Division winners were the Shelly family of Kelly, Dennis, Justin, Doug and Cherline from Manheim, Pa. They won a $50 gift certificate to the Lighthouse for crafting a magnificent sculpture of a lighthouse!

Although the contest is free of charge, many competitors go on to sign up for many of the park's programs. Program revenue goes to supporting future educational programs programs. Local businesses are the reason that this free competition is able to provide a prize for every entrant. A very special thanks goes out to all of the businesses below who were able and willing to contribute to the community event.

The very tough task of judging all of the entries went to four judges. Pat Cooper, regional park administrator; Ray Bivens, division director; Scott Borino, park manager; and Kendall Summers, stewardship manager, assessed a total of 47 castles and sculptures to determine which castle would reign supreme.

Sponsors included Quiet Storm, The Country Store, McCabe's Gourmet Market, Made by Hand, Bethany Surf Shop, Bella Luna, Baja Beach House Grille, Sea Shell City, Seaside Country Store, Viking Golf, Fisher's Popcorn Fenwick, Pottery Place, Tidepool Toys and Games, Thunder Lagoon Water Park, Blue Room Fine Arts Gallery, Fish ails, Atlantic Shoules, Vanderwales, Rusty Rudder, Lighthouse, Que Pasa, Dolle's, Christmas Spirit, Snyder's Candy, Gidget's Gadgets, Rehoboth Toy and Kite Co., Rehoboth Beach and Variety, Bite to Go, Sea Shell Shop, Nicola Pizza, Summer House Saloon, Sea Finds, Pet Wants, Yarn and Bone Pet Supply, Rehoboth Art League, The Sunglass Company, T-Shirt World, Old Inlet Bait + Tackle, Rita's Waterice, Capriotti's, and any business that hung a flyer for the competition in their window.