Cape Gazette

The 35th Annual Rehoboth Beach Sandcastle Contest an artistic delight

Aug 11, 2013
Photo by: Deny Howeth The Community Sandcastle build led by professional sandcastle builder Darrell O’Connor takes on a mysterious glow at dusk.

Many returning  entrants and new competitors converged on Fisherman's Beach in Rehoboth Aug. 3 to compete in the sandcastle summer tradition. The paths between the sculptures were packed as the sand artists created traditional castles, people and sea life. The skies threatened at times, but the contest got a pass from the weather. Spectators were still viewing them well past sunset.
The winners of the contest are as follows:
Top 10 Judges' Favorites Awards - Adult (15 & older) in no particular order:
Tiffany Builders - Jason and Tanya Tiffany of Columbia, Md., and Ben Sullivan of Olney, Md.
Maurice Lethridge, Karenna Armington and Colin Rearden, all of the District of Columbia
Andrew West of Harrington, and Greg and Stephanie West of Columbus, Ohio
David O’Brien, Shai Segall, Patricia Joo, Dewan Clay, Derrick Harris, Joe Sciandra, Walter White, Jay Coles, Jack Coles and Sam Coles of Arlington, Va.
The Small Wonders - The Oakes and Shivone families of Rehoboth Beach, and the Beaucage family of Rhode Island
Glenda Roberts, Amanda Roberts, Eric Bollinger, Leah Bollinger, Leah Anthony-Roberts, Sadie Bishop, Jennifer Bollinger and Bryan Hooper of Frankford
Larry Murray, Thurman Murray, Colin Murray and Lindsay Murray of Columbia, Md.
Sheila Stephanis of Marietta, Pa., and Renaud, Erin and Debbie deVitry of Lancaster, Pa.
Lynn and Heather Williams of Lewes and Johnny Boyer of Middletown
“King Triton’s Realm” - Sheri Miller, Brent Miller, Kim Parish, Ashley Parish, Steve Borchelt, Cindy Borchelt, Joe Cremi, Carol Cremi, Scott Hoffecker, Mary Ann Hoffecker, Pam Osborne-Wilson, Glenn Moyer, Sandy Higgins, Rita Sharp, Troy Hartman, Lisa Hartman, Tiffany Diachinski, Jeff Jacobs, Gary Stultz, Sue Stultz, Greg Miller, Chris Miller, Maelei Sharp and Talon Sharp of Boyertown, Pa.; Brenda Harvey, John Marcus, and Cheyenne Peet of Millsboro; Karen Leszkowicz of McLean, Va.; Betina and Lexi Rommel of Springmount, Pa.
Top 10 Judge’s Favorite - Child (7-14) in no particular order:
Lenny Williams of Milton and Lilly and Braden Boyer of Middletown
Team KK’s - Karen Unterreiner and Kiley Steward of Elkton, Md.
Thane Keim of Bridgeville and Rachel Keim of Delmar
Michael Whiteman of Wilmington
Team Whalen - Emma, Audrey and Aiden Whalen of Exton, Pa.
Little Shamrocks - Maille Ryan, Sean Carroll, Anna Sellers and Sean Ryan of Millsboro
Berlin Youth Club - Amelia Jacobs, Brennan Mauer, Aaliyah Johnson, Camisha Justice and Alan Warren of Berlin, Md., and Josh Flores of Ocean City, Md.
VIPs & M - Mikaylah Lindsay, Isabella Robinson, Price Lindsay and Vaughn Robinison of Lewes
Team Crazy - Kayla and Olivia Burkentine of Milton
Lila Ronen and Lilah Genochowski of District of Columbia
Judge’s Favorite Business Division - The Cultured Pearl, “Koi Fish” - The Wood, Saleff, Berg and Marinez families of Rehoboth Beach
People’s Choice Award - Adult: Team Sandoval: Evin Kuester of Savannah, Ga., Tom Kuester of Alexandria, Va., Walt Ellenberger of Millsboro, and Nic and Roger Cheufournier of  Potomac, Md.
Child (7-14): Lenny Williams of Milton, and Lilly and Braden Boyer of Middletown.






Sophia Hall, 6,  lends a hand to Darrell O'Connor on the Community Sandcastle. He provided tips on making a realistic castle as well as structural concepts. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Lenny Williams, 10, and Braden, 8, and Lilly Boyer, 9 won a top 10 Judges' Favorites Award and People's Choice Award for their happy birthday cake for the sandcastle contest. Their families have been veteran sculptors for more than 26 years. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Tools of the trade: several types of misters, buckets for watery sand transport, masonry tools, shovels for heaving sand and a rake for the final touch-up. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Kayla, 10, and dad Erich Burkentine of Milton create a realistic snapping turtle that placed in the top 10 in the Judges' Favorites Award category. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
A few of the coveted trophies await their new homes. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Team Sandoval had a method for keeping their sculpture clear of shoe prints and for keeping track of who was in the pit. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Cheyenne Peet and Sheri Miller, lead designer, use a sketch to get the details right on King Triton's Realm. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
A conceptual sculpture titled "Prince George's First Rehoboth Vacation." (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
The Oakes and Shivone families of Rehoboth Beach and the Beaucage family of Rhode Island created a mother and child sculpture called "I Wonder as I Wander." They placed in the top 10 in the adult category. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
A "Dragon by the Sea" guards a castle made complete with drip trees. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
David O'Brien works on a conceptual piece that will become the face of Edward Snowden, the recent wiki leaker. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Christopher Popp, 14, keeps his turtles moisturized for the judging. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Stephanie West smooths out the roof of the Team West creation "It's Good to be King," a Judges' Favorites top 10 pick. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
The arctic area on the beach featured a melting snowman and a "Snow Den," a play on Wiki leaker Edward Snowden in Moscow. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Sand is transformed into an everyday object titled "Pool Sharks." (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Anything found on the beach was allowed to be used to decorate the sculpture. Here sea grass, rocks, roots, a plastic toy and a french fry add humor to the crazy snowman. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Crowds were tickled by this conceptual piece called "Snow Den," which featured an igloo topped by a satellite dish, a Kremlin spire and a face of Edward Snowden gazing at an Apple laptop. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Volunteer judges (l-r) Katie Handy, Christi Talpert and Christina Wolfe seriously consider technique and appeal. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
"King Triton's Realm" was the most expansive sculpture, containing two castles, dolphins and King Triton. It placed in the Judges' Favorites top 10. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
The giant squid that overtook the castle won the  People’s Choice Award for Team Sandoval in the adult division. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
David O’Brien, Shai Segall, Patricia Joo, Dewan Clay, Derrick Harris, Joe Sciandra, Walter White, Jay Coles, Jack Coles and Sam Coles of Arlington, Va., created a conceptual sculpture riffing on the recent news of Wiki leaker Edward Snowden. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
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