Inside Belmar’s 30th annual sandcastle contest

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The 30th annual Belmar sandcastle contest is underway along the Jersey Shore!

Some of the Garden State’s most creative amateur artists are using the gritty medium to produce oceanfront works of art including the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, a sandy bathroom complete with toilet and vanity, a fireman’s helmet memorializing 9/11 rescue workers and a majestic elephant head.

Open to all ages, top prizes are being awarded to the best of each category, including children’s groupings divided by age, Best Group and Best on the Beach.

Check out the Asbury Park Press live coverage of this family-friendly event that has become a summer staple on the Shore!