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Long Beach began its 82nd Great Sand Sculpture Contest

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Started in 1932, the Sand Sculpture contest of Long Beach is known as the oldest Sand Sculpture competition in the United States. With its long standing history in the community of Belmont Shore as an annual event that brings together the entire community celebrating the arts and the Long Beach shoreline.

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Saturday's event started at 10 a.m. with attractions such as vendors (some offering Free samples), live musical entertainment and a kids zone for the entire family that includes face painting, arts and crafts and sign language lessons teaching families the basics in sign language with all event proceeds going to the Long Beach Library Foundation.

"The whole theme of the Sand Sculpture Contest this year is 'Fizz, Boom, READ!' named after our summer reading program by youth librarian Pam Carlson, a reading campaign that has gone national", says Laura Nelson with the Long Beach Public Library.

"'Fizz, Boom, Read!' is geared toward all of the steam subjects—Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The library is one of the great institutions that has really evolved with the times from stone tablets to parchment to books and now we're working a lot with eBooks—the tablets and the Kindles. So the Long Beach Public Library has over 9,000 titles you can check out on your Kindle and all you need is a library card and it's all Free! With a library card you can check out an eBook for free for your Kindle."

"Saturday is the professional sculptures. Tomorrow, Sunday is the amateur sand sculpture contest with 30 teams setup and lined up all along the shore. They will start sand sculpting about 10 a.m. until 2 o'clock. Judging will be around 2 or 2:30."

Saturday's Professional Sand Sculpture artists include:
· Bruce Phillips of Carlsbad, CA
· Sandis Kondrats of Seattle, WA
· Sue McGrew of Tacoma, WA
· Ko Tanaka of Mission Viejo, CA
· Greg Lebon of Torrance, CA
· Morgan Rudluff of Santa Cruz, CA with Tracy Weiss sculpting the 'Port of Long Beach Theme'

The Sand Sculpture contest continues tomorrow at 10 a.m. at 1 Granada Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90803.

For more information and schedule of events, please visit their website: GreatSandSculptureContest.splashthat.com.

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