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Annual Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Contest Nears

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HAMPTON BEACH, N.H. (AP) — Take 250 tons of sand and 21 hours and what have you got?

For participants in the annual Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Competition, the ingredients add up to a chance to win thousands of dollars in prize money and qualify for the World Championships of sand sculpting in Atlantic City this summer.

The 13th annual competition runs from this Thursday through Saturday, with each participant given 10 tons of sand with which to work.

Awards are given out Saturday night, and the sculptures will remain on display through July 7.

This year’s field includes 2012 winner Carl Jara of Lyndhurst, Ohio, and four-time world champion Karen Fralich from Canada.

Another competitor is David Andrews, the reigning U.S. National Snow Sculpting champion.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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