Nearly 500 Tons of Sand Dropped at Revere Beach Ahead of Festival
Photos and Story By Keith Spencer
REVERE – Preparations for the 2016 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival kicked into full gear today as 462 tons of fresh sand were dropped on the shores of America’s First Public Beach. Fourteen trucks carrying 33 tons of sand delivered the load to organizers the Revere Beach Partnership and their creative team from Sanding Ovations who worked with festival partners from the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the City of Revere, and the Massachusetts State Police.
“We know we’re in the full swing of summer when we get back to Revere Beach,” Meredith Corson of Sanding Ovations said this morning. “We’re excited to kick things into gear despite what should be a warm few days ahead. We love America’s first public beach.”
The world-renowned festival will showcase Massachusetts as a leader in Science, Technology, and Innovation to highlight what’s happening here in the Commonwealth as a leader in the development and implementation of new and emerging technologies.
“The centerpiece is definitely going to be something special once again, and we’re even going to attempt to add some special effects,” said Dan Doubleday of Sanding Ovations, the lead designer of the centerpiece sculpture. “There will be several different components to highlight the growth of humankind and our civilization that we hope is representative of the innovation taking place here in Massachusetts.”
The festival runs on Revere Beach from Fri. July 22 to Sun. July 24, 2016. This year’s competition will feature twenty world-renowned master sand sculptors competing for first prize in the Master Sand Sculpting Competition for duo and solo competitions. The three-day festival also includes lots of live entertainment, a food truck festival, dozens of exhibitors, amusements and a fireworks extravaganza in addition to the sand sculptures and children’s sand sculpting lessons.
Sand sculptors for the Solo Competition are: Melinage Beaureguard of Montreal, Canada, Guy Oliver-Deveau of Montreal, Canada, Pavel Mylnikov of Moscow, Russia, Benjamin Probanza of Acapulco, Mexico, Kevin Crawford of Perth, Australia, Jonathan ‘Jobi’ Bouchard of Montreal Canada, Jooheng Tan of Singapore, Marielle Hesseles of The Netherlands, Nikolay Torkov of Moscow, Russia, and Leonardo Ugolini of Italy.
Duo Competitors for this year are: David Durcharme of British Columbia with Enguerrand David of Belgium, Steve Topazio of Tiverton, RI with Deborah Barrett/Cutulle of Saugus, MA, David Belcher of St. Louis, MO with Marianne van den Broek of Key West, FL, Paul and Remy Hoggard of Bulgaria, and Abe Waterman of Prince Edward Island with Morgan Rudluff of Santa Cruz, CA.
Revere Beach was officially opened to the public 120 years ago on July 12, 1896. The annual festival draws upwards of 900,000 spectators from all over the country in a renewed effort to celebrate the heritage of this historic site.
Photo Gallery for 2016 Sand Drop at Revere Beach
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What? The 2016 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival
When? Fri. July 22 and Sat. July 23 from 10AM to 10PM and Sun. July 24 from 10AM to 8PM
Cost? FREE and open to the public
Guests are reminded to use public transportation with access to the festival via the MBTA’s Blue Line at the Wonderland or Revere Beach stations. Free parking and shuttle service to the MBTA will also be available at Suffolk Downs. Parking is available at the Wonderland Garage as well.
For more information about the event or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.internationalsandsculptingfestival.com.
About Revere Beach Partnership
Formed in 2001, the Revere Beach Partnership is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to carry forth the heritage of Revere Beach as a nearby retreat for New England families, preserve the beach’s unique historic and natural assets, and plan and oversee the continued improvement of Revere Beach.