Sand castle creators enjoy day at the beach

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Wed., Jul. 24, 2013
Emily, 8, puts a 'flag' at the top of her sand castle in the Parks and Recreation Department's contest at Eastbury Pond on July 23. Photos by Steve Smith.
Emily, 8, puts a 'flag' at the top of her sand castle in the Parks and Recreation Department's contest at Eastbury Pond on July 23. Photos by Steve Smith.

Kids at the Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department's Sand Castle Contest were able to get rather creative at the event at Eastbury Pond on July 23. While most of the participants were from one of the town's day camps, few remembered to bring shovels, pails and other sand-sculpting devices. With the tools in short supply, many improvised with sticks, rocks, and sheer dexterity, with some impressive results.

One group created a natural-look prehistoric scene, which included a volcano and a large nest (belonging to either a large bird or a pterodactyl), complete with hand-shaped eggs. Another team made an expansive walled city, resembling an ancient colony.

“We've got volcanoes and houses,” said Casey, 7. “It's sort of like a village. It took us like half an hour.”

“I don't know if we're going to win,” said Michael, 6. “The other ones look pretty good. It was fun to make it, though.”

The group known as “The Awesome Diggers” placed first for structures built close to the water. “The Decorators” took (naturally) the award for the most decorative sculpture, and “The Superiors,” comprised of Ellis, 11, Michael, 9, Nathan, 10, and John, 10, won the most creative award for a multi-turreted fortress, lining a crescent water feature.

First-, second- and third-place winners were awarded ribbons, but every participant was rewarded with a cool slice of watermelon.

For information on Glastonbury Parks and Recreation summer kids events, visit www.glastonbury-ct.gov.


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