HAMPTON BEACH, N.H. (CBS) –- The annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting competition is set to get underway on Thursday in New Hampshire.

Organizers brought in 200 tons of sand for the contest. First prize is $3,000.

hampton Master Sand Sculpting Competition Begins Thursday At Hampton Beach

A participant in the Hampton Beach sand sculpture competition in 2016. (Matt Colson/WBZ)

The sculptures will be on display and illuminated for night viewing through June 27.

The competition has been attracting crowds to the beach since 2000. This year’s theme is “Out Of This World.”

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