What It’s Like At The Rehoboth Beach Sandcastle Contest

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Rehoboth Beach: The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce (RBDBCC) was pleased to host the 38th Annual Sandcastle Contest on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Although over 100 teams were expected to express their artistic flair, it is unknown how many teams participated in this year’s event. Past creations have included Swamp Animals, Mermaids, Pyramids, Crabs, Dolphins, Sharks and of course traditional sandcastles.

Beachgoers watched groups create incredible sand creations free of charge. This year’s participants included students from Mariner Middle School from Felton, De., The Bollinger family from Dagsoboro, De., Barbara Dempsey from Dagsboro, De., and Sherri Miller from Boyerstown, Pa., to name a few.

RBDBCC Business Members were encouraged to compete in the business category, representing their company in the sand! Entries were judged on “Structural Engineering,” “Use of Materials,” “Imagination,”, “Overall Aesthetic Appeal”, as well as “Representation of Business.” The winning business was to receive a trophy and of course bragging rights for the entire year!

On Friday, September 9, 2016, Darrell O’Connor and Andy West long time Sand Castle artists were on hand to demonstrate Sand Castle building techniques and on Saturday September 10, 2016 the 38th Annual Sandcastle Contest was held.

The winners of the contest are as follows:

Top 10 Judge’s Favorites – Adult (15 & older); In no particular order:
Artistic Differences – Glenda Roberts, Brendan McKinney, Eric Bollinger, Anthony Roberts, Amanda Roberts, Beverly Brown, Ashley Roberts, Melissa S., Helena Roberts, Cody Collins, Big Jen, and Big Ray

1. Neptune’s Angels – Sheri Miller, Brenda Sell-Harvey, Jane Needs – Daley, and Ginger Eidle
2. Castle – Andy West
3. Ship Wreck – Monica Huber, Paola, Faith, Krista, Ciera, Chelsea, and Owen
4. 15 Years – David deviltry, Justin Chimics, and Emily Chimics
5. Octopus – Jennifer and Jaime Caldwell
6. The Great Pumpkin 50th Anniversary – Lynn Williams, Rob Ferrell, and John Boyer
7. Castle w/ Pool – Brent Zimmerman, Angy Tiffeny, Cody Hess, John Dundone, Jeff Fake, and Christina VanBrunt
8. Taj Mahal – Chloe Langer and Dominic Ashworth
9. OKS Lighthouse – Adam, Steph, Olivia, Kate, and Sydney Basalyga

Top 10 Judge’s Favorite – Child (7-14); In no particular order:

1. Beached Whale – Lilly, Lil Phil, Ari, Leslie, Phil, and Sara
2. Egypt – Carter Nix, Malcom Griffith, Kennedy Nix, and Winston Botts
3. Mariner Middle School Viking – Mariner Middle School AVID and Junior National Honor Society
4. Fortress Castle – Cambria Cella
5. Beware of the Mermaids – Lily Boyer and Lacey Ferrell
6. The Egyptians – Collin, Zoe, and Kate Cunningham and Leah and David Green
7. Charlie Brown – PJ Gorman
8. Guitar & Speaker – Connor Porschet and Spencer Hill
9. Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cate – Brigid Gorman
10 Turtle – Isaac Vazquez Cordona and Sarah Regina Vazquez

The Judge’s Favorite Business Division was, American Classic Golf Course.

People’s Choice Award:

1. Adult (15 & older): Artistic Differences – Glenda Roberts, Brendan McKinney, Eric Bollinger, Anthony Roberts, Amanda Roberts, Beverly Brown, Ashley Roberts, Melissa S., Helena Roberts, Cody Collins, Big Jen, and Big Ray

2. Child (7 – 14): Beware of the Mermaids – Lily Boyer and Lacey Ferrell

The event ended at 3:30 P.M. and the creations were then judged by Katie Handy, Gwen Osborne, Christi Tapert, and Christina Wolfe.

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