Sand sculptors will ply their craft on Revere Beach

By Jaime E. Lutz
Globe Correspondent / July 14, 2011

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Come Saturday evening, the sand on Revere Beach should really be something to see.

Ten sculptors started crafting works of art out of sand early yesterday, when the Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival began. They have until Saturday afternoon to finish. The festival will be open through Sunday.

“When you look at one, it’s great,’’ said Ernest Garneau, executive director of the nonprofit Revere Beach Partnership, which organizes the festival. “But when you look at them all, it’s like real magic.’’

The sand artists hail from across the world. Several from Canada, one from Mexico, and a woman from Portugal are competing in the invite-only contest, which is free and open to the public. Several local artists are in contention as well, including two from Revere.

The event is “really like the world championship of sand sculpting,’’ Garneau said. It may be the largest event on a public beach on the East Coast, he said. This year, the Revere Beach Partnership expects up to 125,000 people to show up on Saturday alone.

Starting tonight, the festival will host food vendors, educational stations, and activities for children. On Saturday, the 10 sculptures will be judged, and after the 7 p.m. awards ceremony a fireworks show is planned.