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Annual Coney Island Sand Sculpture Contest with Chuck Feld

It was a great day at the beach yesterday with the Official Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest. The contest took place from West 10th to West 12th Street from noon until 5 pm. Winners were announced at 3:30 pm. The event was co-presented by Astella Development Corp. and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium.

The contest included five sand sculpting contests with three winners selected in each category. The categories included individual adult, individual child, adult group, child group and mixed adult and children. In addition to the run-of-the-mill sculptors, professional sand sculptor Chuck Feld and his team were on hand to dazzle the crowd with their amazing creations. They created a carousel horse and a corporation logo that integrated the Wonder Wheel in its design.

Professional sand sculptor Matt Long was there, working for the Coney Island Development Corporation. When interviewed yesterday about the event Long said,

“When I get a client who doesn’t care where we’re shooting from, I come here because the sand is good,” he said. “That’s what makes this contest really cool. Families are gonna come out here, the kids, great time and the sand is going to do what they want it to do.”

Entertainment during the day included the doo-wop quartet, dancers, a Latin band and more. There was face painting for kids other fun activities.


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