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Twenty-fifth annual Sand Sculpting Contest takes place in Coney Island on Saturday (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Twenty-eighth annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest should feature some wild creations on Saturday (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Coney Island
Boardwalk between West Tenth & Twelfth Sts.
Saturday, August 18, free, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

The twenty-eighth annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest will take place on August 18, as amateur and semiprofessional individuals and groups will create masterpieces in the Brooklyn sand, many with a nautical theme (along with a few naughty ones). It’s a blast watching the constructions rise from nothing into some extremely elaborate works of impermanence. The event, which features cash prizes for family, individual adult, group adult, and people’s choice, is hosted by Astella Development Corporation and Brooklyn Community Services. While visiting Coney Island on August 18, you should also check out “The Museum of Interesting Things: The Summer of Love — The 1960’s and early 70’s” at the Coney Island Museum, the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, the “Ask The Experts” book reading and signing by Tessa Fontaine of The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts, and the Burlesque at the Beach presentation “The Wicked Gingers Present: A Night on Old Cape Cod at Coney Island USA!” in addition to riding the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel.

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