Virginia Beach Neptune Festival’s International Sand Sculpting Championship
Drawing Competitors from 11 Countries
August 20, 2019- Virginia Beach
From Russia, Latvia and the Czech Republic to Lithuania, Italy, South Korea and other faraway lands, sand sculpting masters from the world over will congregate in Virginia Beach when the Neptune Festival’s internationally renowned Sand Sculpting Championship returns Friday, September 27th at Neptune’s Land of Sand, located between 6th and 8th Streets on the Virginia Beach oceanfront. One of the largest sand sculpting competitions in the world, the world’s best sand sculptors transform piles of sand into works of art over the course of a three-day build, September 23rd through 26th.Viewings of these masterpieces begin September 27th and continue through October 6th. The International Sand Sculpting Championship is one of the most highly anticipated signature events of the Neptune Festival’s Annual Boardwalk weekend, this year held September 27th -29th.
Look for Neptune’s Land of Sand between 6th and 8th Streets on the beach, under a massive tent which is almost the length of a football field. The entrance is located at 7th Street. Visitors’ experience includes close-ups of all the action, meet and greets with the sculptors, “quicksand” competitions, unique photo ops, live music, shelter from wind and rain for viewing in any weather, and lights for evening viewing. The tent is both wheelchair and stroller accessible, ensuring the entire family can enjoy the amazing sand masterpieces.
Sandcastle-building enthusiasts and first-timers alike can learn from the professionals at free hands-on sculpting clinics on the beach. You’ll have access to simple tools and a sand setup for your own creation, with guidance from a master sculptor, John Gowdy.
FREE Sand Clinic Schedule
6th Street on the Beach
No reservations | arrive before class to participate | space is limited | water, sand & tools provided.
Saturday, September 28
9AM – 11AM Sandcastle Building 101
1PM – 3PM The Art of Sculpting a Dolphin in Sand
4PM – 6PM Sandcastle Building 101
Sunday, September 29
10AM – 12PM Sandcastle Building 101
Neptune’s Land of Sand Tent Hours
Entrance: 7th Street
Friday, 9/27 9AM – 11PM
Saturday, 9/28 9AM – 11PM
Sunday, 9/29: 9AM – 9PM
Monday – Wednesday, 9/30 - 10/2 10AM – 6PM
Thursday, 10/3: 10AM – 8PM (City Employee Appreciation Day)
Friday - Sunday, 10/4 – 10/6 10AM – 6PM
Admission: $5 per person. 12 and under is free while accompanied by adult. Tent is wheelchair and stroller accessible. NO ANIMALS allowed in the tent
PETER VOGELAAR, Canada
ALEKSEI RYBAK, Russia
MELINEIGE BEAUREGARD, Canada
KAREN FRALICH, Canada
JOHN GOWDY, Italy
KRISTS ZARINS, Latvia
JORIS KIVITS, Netherlands
CHRIS GUINTO, Florida
MAXIM GAZENDAM, Netherlands
MANUEL CAMPOS, Colombia
JIHOON CHOI, South Korea
ILYA FILMONTSEV, Russia
BRIAN WIGGLESWORTH, Florida & ABE WATERMAN, Canada
JONATHAN BOUCHARD & JACINTHE TRUDEL, Canada
EDITH VAN DE WETERING & WILFRED STIJGER, Netherlands
MEREDITH CORSON-DOUBLEDAY & DAN DOUBLEDAY, Florida
ANDRIUS PETKUS, Lithuania & DMINTRY KLIMENKO, Russia
HELENA BANGERT, Holland & ROMA SHURUBKIN, Ukraine
ANDREY VAZHYNSKYY, Ukraine & WIACZESLAW BORECKI, Poland
MATTHEW DEIBERT & IAN DEIBERT, New Jersey
BAGRAT STEPANIAN & PAVEL MYLNIKOV, Russia
KARLIS ILE & MAIJA PUNCULE, Latvia
Bios of the competitors, as well more information about the event can be found at NeptuneFestival.com/events/international-sand-sculpting-championship.
About Virginia Beach Neptune Festival
The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival is a private, non-profit 501-C3 organization, producing over 40 events per year, which generate tens of millions of dollars in the local economy and contribute to the charitable, educational, and recreational development of Hampton Roads. The economic impact to the area of its flagship event alone, The Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend, was $23.8M in 2018. The annual weekend event is ranked among the Top 100 Events in North America and within the Top 20 Events in the Southeastern US by recognized tourism industry organizations. 2019’s Boardwalk Weekend is September 27th through 29th. Neptune’s Sand Sculpting Championship is considered one of the best competitions of its kind in the world. For more information, call the Festival office at 757.498.0215 (1.866.NEP.FEST) or visit NeptuneFestival.com.