New Sandcastle Competition Keeps Summer in the Air a Little Longer

Event Sept. 21 at Drifting Sands Oceanfront Hotel
By Gina G. Scala | Sep 11, 2019
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Ship Bottom — It might be beginning to look and feel as if autumn has arrived on Long Beach Island, but summer hasn’t completely gone just yet. A new sandcastle building contest, sponsored by the Drifting Sands Oceanfront Hotel, is making sure of that.

Castle Bash, which organizers said will become an annual event, is slated for Sat., Sept. 21, rain or shine, on the beach in front of the hotel, 119 East Ninth St. in Ship Bottom. Ian Deibert, a professional sand sculptor from Absecon, will be on hand for the event. Deibert and his father won first place on the Travel Channel’s “Sand Wars,” part of the network’s “Sand Blasters” series, according to Deibert’s profile on LinkedIn.

Registration for the event is from 9 to 10 a.m. that day, with the sand building competition starting at 10 a.m. Sculptors will have until 1 p.m. to build their creation. Judging is from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Winners will be announced from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Age categories are 7 and under; 8-14; 15-plus; and family. Prizes were donated from Fantasy Island and Jetty. The grand prize for the family category is a weekend stay at the Drifting Sands.

The event is free for all and will also have some kite flying demonstrations from kiters expected to attend the fifth annual LBI FLY International Kite Festival during Columbus Day weekend. In fact, Lisa Willoughby, an ambassador for the kite festival, will be hosting a children’s kite making workshop from 2 to 3 p.m. There is a $10 fee per person for that event. —G.G.S.

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