2009-08-21 / Community

Kellys Win Second Place In Sand Sculpture Contest

Winners show off their trophy and sculpture. Winners show off their trophy and sculpture. Dave Kelly considers this the worst summer in years in terms of mosquitoes.

"I grew up here in the '70s when the co-op imported frogs to catch the mosquitoes. Now they're gone," he said.

In a show of support for the frogs, Kelly and his 13-year-old children, James and Hope, made one out of sand in the annual Breezy Point Co-op Sand Sculpture contest this weekend. Their frog, colored green with food coloring, devoured a large black mosquito with its tongue, one of Hope's red dance ribbons.

The Kellys' frog won a second place trophy in the contest, an annual event going back more than 20 years. Winning first place in the children and adult categories, respectively, were a dioramic homage to January's Miracle on the Hudson of US Airways Flight 1549, where Captain Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III safely landed the aircraft full of passengers in an emergency landing on the river. There was also a sculpture of a person whose exposed backside was covered in bites, next to a sign that read, "Mosquitoes are a pain in the butt!"

The Kelly family with their frog sculpture. The Kelly family with their frog sculpture. Other winning sculptures included World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler John Cena, whose pants were made from blue-painted shells; a treasure chest filled with colorful beads and poker chips; a re-creation of Michael Jackson's famous white glove with shells substituting for the rhinestones; and two sphinxes, one of which had an actual human head.

"Some are so creative and some are great sculptures and some, you can just see the effort in them," said Peggy Belinski, one of the contest's five judges. "It's all about working together and having fun. If some other people in the community don't want to participate, they can just walk around and look at everything. It's a fun group activity."

A boy takes a rest in the shade with his sand sculpture. A boy takes a rest in the shade with his sand sculpture. There were many impressive sculptures in the contest this year, including this sand castle. There were many impressive sculptures in the contest this year, including this sand castle. A sphinx with a human head. A sphinx with a human head. A re-creation of Michael Jackson's iconic white glove, with seashells as rhinestones. A re-creation of Michael Jackson's iconic white glove, with seashells as rhinestones. Mosquitoes are a pain in the butt! Mosquitoes are a pain in the butt! This family made a sculpture of a treasure chest. This family made a sculpture of a treasure chest.

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