Sand Sculpting Festival Returns on July 21

The Revere Beach Partnership is proud to announce the dates and theme for the 2017 International Sand Sculpting Festival, hosted on America’s first public beach, Revere Beach, established in 1896.

The annual festival draws upwards of 900,000 spectators from all over the country who come to watch master sand sculptors compete for first prize in the solo and duo portions of the Master Sand Sculpting Competition. The festival also features gourmet food trucks, live entertainment, local vendors, exhibit booths, children’s sand sculpting lessons, and fireworks over the course of 3 days.

This year’s festival will run Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July 23, 20 and the centerpiece sculpture will feature the U.S.S. Constitution. The 2017 International Sand Sculpting Festival will serve to provide an artistic representation and celebration of the engineering genius that are Tall Ships. Make sure you come to Revere Beach on July 21 to marvel at a massive, twenty-foot-wide, sand-sculpture recreation of the USS Constitution along with a ten-foot-tall lighthouse.

Sand sculptors for the Solo Competition are as follows;

Deborah Barrett/Cutulle of Saugus, Massachusetts

Mélineige Beauregard of Quebec, Canada

Dan Belcher of St. Louis, Missouri

Jonathan ‘Jobi’ Bouchard of Montreal, Canada

Paul Hoggard of Bulgaria

Dmitry Klimenko of St. Petersburg, Russia

Sue McGrew of Tacoma, Washington

Pavel Mylnikov of Moscow, Russia

Andrius Petkus of Lithuania

Morgan Rudluff of Santa Cruz, California

Susanne Ruesler of Ultrecht, Netherlands

Steve Topazio of Tiverton, Rhode Island

  • Nikolay Torkov of Moscow, Russia

Leonardo Ugolini of Forli, Italy

Marianne van den Broek of Key West, Florida

Abe Waterman of Prince Edward Island, Canada

The 2017 International Sand Sculpting Festival will also feature the availability of lessons from highly trained, sand sculpting professionals. Returning, once again, to lead these lessons are Sandi ‘Castle’ Stirling and Raymond Poirier of Ontario, Canada.

Hours for the 2017 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 are 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 23 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. It is recommended to use the MBTA and public transportation to and from this event. The MBTA Blue Line can be taken to the Wonderland or Revere Beach stops. Free parking and shuttle service to the T will be available at Suffolk Downs. Parking is also available at the Wonderland Garage. For more information about the event or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please visit

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. For more information, visit

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