Dig it! The Rockaway Times Sandcastle Contest is Sunday!


The Rockaway Times Sandcastle Contest is back! After a hiatus last year due to Covid-19, the 5th Annual Rockaway Sandcastle Contest will be held this Sunday, August 1.

On Sunday, head to Beach 117th Street for all the action. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. on the boardwalk. The contest begins promptly at 12:30 p.m. on the beach. Participants will have two hours (until 2:30 p.m.) to create whatever they want, whether it’s a sculpture or castle. As things start to wrap up, the judges will start to deliberate based on criteria such as creativity, composition and wow factor! They’ll have the tough job of picking the winners in the three age categories: 9 and Under, 10-17 and 18 and Over.

Winners will be announced sometime after 3 p.m. The coveted sandcastle trophies and gift certificates will be given to the first, second and third place winners (and maybe a runner up!) It is free to enter, and all participants will go home with something, as there will be giveaways during the contest.

Latecomers are welcome, but registration will close at 1 p.m. It is recommended to bring your own sand tools, but there will be some buckets and small shovels available for those who may not have them. Some juice boxes and waters will also be available to keep contestants hydrated.

This contest is made possible with sponsorship by The Rockaway Times, the help of the NYC Parks Department and local businesses that have generously agreed to donate toward the prize pool. Among some of them this year are Rocco’s, The Meat Up Grill, Coastal and Mara’s Ice Cream Parlor.

Come enjoy this free, fun community event!

*In the event of heavy rain, there is a possibility of the contest being rescheduled for August 15. For any questions or info, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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