The Beach Zone

August 26, 2007

BEACH NEWS

A bucketful of fun in Rehoboth

Summer is the time for sand castles along the seashore.

Some people build for fun, while others get competitive. Sand castle contests are a beach tradition in coastal cities from Nantucket, Mass., to Rehoboth Beach, Del., to Galveston, Texas. This month, the governor of Maine even declared a "Build a Sand Castle Day."

In Rehoboth Beach, the sand castle contest has been a summertime event for nearly 30 years.

The 29th Annual Sandcastle Contest, held Aug. 4 at Fisherman's Beach, drew about 100 teams for a total of 800 competitors. Adults and children participated in categories including sand castle, animal and free form. The new twist this year was a category devoted to pirates. Prizes were awarded for the top three entries in each category.

A number of winners were from Maryland, including Allie and Lynda Dearie of Sykesville, who were second-place finishers, and Laurie Kunkel of Bel Air, a third-place finisher, all in the children's division.

Kathy and Hannah Catzen, both of Baltimore, were third-place winners; and George Brode, Chris Brode, Jake Wood and Matt Wood, all of Woolford, captured a second-place finish in the adult division.

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[MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN]

WHAT TO DO

THIS WEEK IN OCEAN CITY

1. CATCH CANNOLI / / Eat your fill at Italian Festival Night tomorrow evening at Sunset Park. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Monaldi Brothers. Free.

2. MEET AN OLD FLAME / / The last bonfire of the summer gets smoking Thursday at North Division Street beach.

3. SHOP FOR SCHOOL / / The Ocean City Factory Outlets are just about a mile west of the beach and offer brand names such as Gap, OshKosh and Nautica.

4. WATCH A SUNSET / / Take a picture to get you through the winter.

5. MAKE PLANS FOR 2008 / / Summer is slipping away, but there's always next year.

BEACH BET

OCEAN CITY

ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL

Head down to Ocean City and spend some time away from the beach shopping for unique arts and crafts. The Labor Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival runs Friday through Sept. 2. It will include oil and watercolor paintings, stained glass items, candles, ceramics and more.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Convention Center, 40th Street and the bay. Free. Call 800-626-2326 or go to ococean.com.

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[DANA KINKER]

WHAT YOU THINK

OUR WEEKLY POLL

Results from last week's poll. How will you remember your summer at the beach?

Just the memory is enough, 56 percent Photos, 35 percent Scrapbooks, 6 percent Text messages, 2 percent Letters and postcards, 1 percent

Note: Percentages are rounded, which may lead to totals slightly smaller or larger than 100 percent.

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