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47th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest

July 13, 2024 8am

The event remains scheduled for today, Saturday July 13th despite early morning rain. Registration is on site at the MAC tent, early as 8:15 AM.

Annual Event,

Artist Call,

Family Friendly,

Free/Donations Accepted,

MAC +,


Visual Arts

Sand Sculpture Contest 2024

Rain delayed the start but not our Intrepid Sculptors

See the Photo Gallery 

Sand Sculpture Winners 2024

Under 10

Morgan Enright,  Bonny the Hippo

Kyle & Leah Rouse,  Itsy Bitsy Spider

Julia Hall, Fox


Julian Gyurkovics, Green Sea Turtle,  Orange

Kai Green, Donut,  Milford

16 + 

Kyle S.,  Duomo,  Bethel

Ning Jia,  Sisyphus Android,  Woodbridge

3  Dave Dennehy,  I slipped on my beans,  Milford

Friends & Clubs

1  Kat & Max,  Sea Critters

Sophie & Henrietta, Sun Palm

Gilda & Fran, Seahorse


Rose Dawn Hart, Medusa, Milford

Jose, Castle Milford,  Milford

Fortuna, Captain Kidd, Milford

Peoples’ Choice

Kyle S.,  Duomo,

Rose Dawn Hart, Medusa

With many thanks to our volunteers and sponsors and emcee. 

Create Anything from Lobsters to Mermaids to Astronauts

Be as creative as you’d like.   All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Hosted by Milford Arts Council this event has been a tradition for 46 years, drawing people from up and down the East Coast, and a destination event for vacationing families!  Visit the Walnut Beach business district with summer favorites like  Scoot & Paddle, Walnut Beach Creamery, Walnut Beach Coffee House, the MAC’s Firehouse Gallery, The Audubon Center is an easy drive or bike ride away!

The event will be held rain or shine  – but check the website home page for changes if storms are predicted!


  • Date:        Saturday,  July 13th, 2024
  • Location: Walnut Beach
  • Registration: 8:15 AM
  • Judging:      12:30 PM
  • Awards:         1:30 PM

Contest Categories 

  • Individual or Group age 9 and under
  • Individual age 10 to 15
  • Individual age 16 and over
  • Friends and Groups
  • Family

General Contest Rules

  • First, second, third place for each category, and Best in Show will be chosen by a panel of judges.
  • This is not a professional or Masters level contest.
  • Judging criteria will include creativity, spirit, detail, and originality
  • Sculptures must consist of sand only with the exception of wood, rocks, shells, etc., found on the beach and used as decorations only.
  • No superstructures or permanent forms of any kind shall be incorporated in your structure. Sand forms smaller than 2 ft X 2 ft X 2 ft (flower pots, milk cartons, buckets, etc.) may be used, but only as forms.
  • The use of shovels, hoes, spatulas and other tools (except power tools) are permitted.


  • Free parking is available for Connecticut-registered vehicles at neighboring Silver Sands State Park. A boardwalk connects Silver Sands and Walnut Beach.
  • Parking available free to Milford residents with a Beach Sticker.
  • Parking along Broadway $5/hr.
  • Parking at Walnut Beach for non-residents $40/day.


 2023 Sand Sculpture Highlights

Many Thanks to the Event Sponsors!

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