The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host the 32nd

Annual Sandcastle Contest on Saturday, August 7th. Over 100 teams and 800+

participants are expected to express their artistic flair. Past creations have included

Swamp Animals, Mermaids, Pyramids, Crabs, Dolphins, Sharks and of course traditional

sandcastles. Beachgoers who would rather watch than work are welcome to view the

incredible creations free of charge.

The contest will be held at Fisherman’s Beach at the north end of the Rehoboth Beach

Boardwalk, near the Henlopen Hotel, Rehoboth Beach, DE. The contest is open to both

adults and children. Registration begins at 8:30 AM. Sculptures may be started at any

time after registration begins and must be completed for judging at 3:00 PM. The

winners are announced at approximately 5:00 PM. Judges are volunteers for RBDBCC.

Registered teams will have the opportunity to purchase Event T-shirts at a discounted rate

of $3.00 per shirt.


Participants will be divided into three age divisions: Adult (15 and older),

Child 7-14, and Smiley’s Choice (Children 6 and under).

There is no limit to the number of participants per team. Participants may not be

on multiple teams.

Piles of sand must be formed by manpower only. Mechanized assistance is not


To be judged, creations must be built within placed kite boundaries.

The sand sculptures must contain only objects natural to the beach (shells, stones,

seaweed, etc.) Participants must stay away from the dunes and dune grass.

Sculptures may not be dampened or sprayed with any solutions other than water.

In other words: NO STICKY STUFF!

Sculptures must be finished by 3:00 PM when judging begins.


Participants and spectators can enjoy FREE sandcastle building lessons with Darrell

O’Connor while waiting for judging to be completed. 20 minute lessons will be held

beginning at 3:30 PM, 4:00 PM and 4:30 PM. Those interested in participating may signup

for their preferred time slot at the registration tent during the contest.


Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 Judge’s Favorites in both the adult and Child 7-14

divisions. Special awards will be given to all participants in the 6 & under Smiley’s

Choice child’s division.

People’s Choice Award - The general public can vote on their favorite creation, by

completing an event evaluation. There are no separate children and adult divisions or for

this award. All rules apply

Top Billing Sponsors to date include: “Perfect Wave Sponsor” - WBOC, “Tidal

Wave Sponsors” - Giant Supermarket & Bethany Blues Restaurant, “Barrel Wave

Sponsor” – Nemour’s Health & Prevention Services, “Swell Sponsor” - Delmarva

Power & Atlantic Liquors/ Crosswinds Motel, and “Rip Wave Sponsor” - Affinity

Energy, Five Guys Burgers and Fries & Oasis Bath and Body Boutique . Other

event sponsors include: Wilmington Trust, Alesi Builders, Annie’s Banannies, Paws

of Tomorrow, Peninsula Dental, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Sea Air

Village, Seacoast Salon, Star of the Sea Condominium, and Sussex Federal Credit


The event is WEATHER DEPENDENT. In the event of bad weather, set up and

registration may be delayed up until 10:30AM. If bad weather continues, the event will

be held next year. If bad weather occurs during the contest, participants may continue at

will or at the discretion of lifeguards. Judging may be cancelled at anytime if weather

warrants cancellation. Any cancellation will be announced on the Radio Station, WGMD

92.7 (945-2050).


Available on the Chamber website --

For Photos, click on Photo Tour on the left side of the home page

Click forward until you reach Sandcastle Contest.

While the photo tour slide show is running, click on the photo you want- it

will open in a new window.

To download the picture, right click on it and scroll down to “Save Picture


For more information, call the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce at

(302) 227 – 6446 or visit the Chamber website @

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Comment by Lyn Mox on July 8, 2010 at 1:16pm
you have July 7th as the date on the main page of this. I know it says August 7th on everything else - you may want to make a change. Such a great event


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