Building sandcastles in Delaware

August 06, 2010|By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun

By the time Friday arrives we're all tired of playing in the same sandbox. We need a little freedom and creativity. A little time away from the co-worker who frequently piles up all of his dirt on your turf.

Maybe if the playing field was a little bigger, say the size of a beach, we wouldn't have to draw a line in the sand.

The Sandcastle Contest at Rehoboth Beach is the perfect place to test that theory — and maybe even work a bit on those team building skills. The annual event on the Delaware shore, sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach- Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, draws hundreds of contestants and spectators and awards prizes for both adults and children.

The plan: Assemble a team and head for Rehoboth Beach. The 32nd annual Sandcastle Contest is Saturday, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. All sculptures must be completed for judging by 3 p.m. The rules allow only those sculptures created using manpower — no mechanical assistance is allowed. The creations can only contain materials that are natural to the beach — shells, stones, seaweed, etc.

There are three categories: adults (age 15 and older); children (ages 7-14) and Smiley's Choice (children age 6 and younger).

For those who want to learn to build sandcastles, free lessons will be offered in the afternoon while judging is completed. Team participants will be able to purchase event T-shirts for $3.

The details: The contest takes place on Fisherman's Beach at the north end of the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, near the Henlopen Hotel. No entry fee is required, but registration is necessary. The event is dependent on the weather, which means it could be canceled or delayed. For more information, go to

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