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RESULTS: The 2014 Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival

The winners of the 2014 Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival with Revere Beach Partnership President John Hamel and Awards Host Billy Costa

The winners of the 2014 Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival with Partnership President John Hamel and Ceremony Host Billy Costa.

By Keith Spencer with Photos by Kyle Spencer

REVERE – More than a half million visitors returned to America’s First Public Beach this weekend to see master sand sculptors create monumental works of art at the 11th Annual Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival.

Winners were announced at an awards ceremony held on Saturday evening on Revere Beach Boulevard, hosted by Billy Costa from the Matty in the Morning Show on Kiss 108.

Rusty Croft’s Double Vision took him First Place as well as the Sculptor’s Choice honor, just slightly edging out Jobi Bouchard’s War: My Heart Tells Me Otherwise. Third place went to Dan Doubleday’s Snail Trail while Melineige Beauregard’s Eternal Love took home fourth. The People’s Choice Award, voted upon by visitors to the festival on Saturday afternoon, was given to Pavel Myinikov’s Time is Running Out.

Rusty Croft Double Vision Final 1

Rusty Croft’s Double Vision took home First Place and Sculptor’s Choice

The top two sculptures by Rusty and Jobi actually tied for the top spot, and organizers were prepared to use the “Wow Factor” judging criteria to ultimately determine Rusty was the overall winner. Jobi had previously won four top prizes at the Revere Beach festival.

“I’m honored to receive both the sculptor’s choice as well as the top prize,” Rusty excitedly told NoBo following the ceremony. “It really is an honor to compete with all of these master sculptors, especially to go toe-to-toe with Jobi right up through the end.”

The Revere Beach Partnership once again welcomed back the team from Sanding Ovations to help organize the sculpting competition and design the sponsor sculpture which honored our U.S. Armed Forces as part of the festival’s Stars and Stripes in the Sand theme.

NSSF Centerpiece 2014 Sculpture

The Centerpiece Sponsor Sculpture designed by the team at Sanding Ovations

“The Partnership is delighted to see hundreds of thousands of visitors coming to Revere Beach this weekend,” President of The Revere Beach Partnership Board of Directors said. “There are only bigger and better things to come for America’s First Public Beach, and we’re proud to have used this event to honor the men and women of our Armed Forces both past and present.”

“This year’s competition included many great works of art,” Meredith Corson of Sanding Ovations opined. “We saw it with our tie for first place, and the overwhelming response from the sculptors themselves and the crowds visiting.”

The sculptures are judged by the competitors, graded in six categories using the Sanding Ovations Report Card System: Overall Impact/Wow Factor, Quality of Carving, Usage of Sand, Degree of Difficulty, Originality, and Artistic Impression.

This year’s master sand sculpting competition allowed sculptors to use approximately 12 tons of sand in an 18’x18′ area. Each was given thirty hours to complete their work, beginning on Wednesday July 16 and concluding on Saturday afternoon. They worked from 8AM until 5PM with a 45 minute lunch break where no work was allowed.

The only person allowed to work on the piece was the master sculptor unless they received help putting up or removing forms for safety reasons. All forms had to be removed prior to judging, and all ‘pounded up’ sand created by the forms had to be altered by hand.

2014 Revere Beach Centerpiece All Sculptors

Competitors, sculptors, and the crew from Sanding Ovations gather at the sponsor sculpture for a final photo.

A total of fifteen master sand sculptors will enter this year’s competition including Helena Bangert (Netherlands), Dan Belcher (Missouri), Jonathan Bouchard (Canada), Melineige Beauregard (Canada), Rusty Croft (California), Dan Doubleday (Florida), Chris Guinto (Key West), Benjamin Probanza (Mexico), Pavel Milinkov (Russia), Walter McDonald (Texas), Guy-Olivier Deveau (Canada), JooHeng Tan (Singapore), Hanneke Supply (Netherlands) Marianne van den Broek (Key West) and Abe Waterman (Prince Edward Island).

For more information, visit the Revere Beach Partnership website, Facebook, & Twitter. for more information about their efforts to preserve America’s First Public Beach!

For photos, videos, updates, & more, visit NoBoMagazine.com/RevereBeach, the Official Guide to the Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival.

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RBP-Circle-LogoRevere Beach Partnership is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 2001. Its purpose is to continue the heritage of Revere Beach as a nearby retreat for New England families; to preserve the beach’s unique historic and natural assets; to strengthen the beach as an asset to our community by the development of programs and partnerships within the community that further this goal and the overall well-being of our community; to plan and oversee the continued improvement of Revere Beach. The Partnership consists of an executive director, a volunteer Board of Directors, and other volunteers that share a love for Revere Beach.

The main event of the organization is the Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival, now in its 11th year. Funds raised during the event are used to offset the expenses of the festival and to fund the organization’s efforts throughout the remainder of the year including establishing a capital plan which will allow the organization to fund major improvement projects that aim to strengthen the fabric of the Revere Beach community.

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