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National Sand Sculpting Festival Kicks Off On Revere Beach

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One of the many sand sculptures on display at Revere Beach, July 14, 2011.

One of the many sand sculptures on display at Revere Beach, July 14, 2011.

REVERE (CBS) – It’s that time of year again. The National Revere Beach New England Sand Sculpting Festival kicks off Thursday night oceanside.

Sculptors were expected to be out Thursday fixing up any damage caused by the overnight rains.

Each sculptor gets 12 tons of sand to work with. Organizers actually have to have the sand shipped in.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

If they didn’t, there’s a good chance the competition would put most of the beach below sea level.

The festival features spectacular master sand sculptures, music, fireworks, food, and other family fun.

It’s free and open to the public.

The festival runs through the weekend. On average each year it attracts over 300,000 people.

Believe it or not, Revere Beach is the oldest public beach in America.  It officially opened back in 1896.

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