First place in the “1 to 8 years old with Adult” category went to Richard Carioti, age 6 of Belle Harbor. Second place award went to Julia Kapsa, 5, and a close Third place was earned by Hannah Evans. At the stroke of noon, dozens of castle builders began transforming the sands at Beach 117 Street to a land of fanciful towers and moats. The 17th Annual Sand Castle Contest sponsored by West End Realty and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation benefited from cool ocean breezes and a slight cloud cover. The turnout was bigger than ever for the contest and face painting.
The “Adult 14 years and up” category saw Lizzie Goldfarb, 26, and her posse, Paul Hebert, 28, and Rafael Ramirez Gallegos, 28, first in the winning circle. Teen Michelle Miller, 14, came on strong in Second place. Returning champ Katie McFadden, 23, showed a strong Third place.
In the “Children 9-13 years old” category, (above), Scott Stelloh, 11, and his teammates Luca Lopez, 8, and James Stelloh, 8, won First place. Second place went to Mary and Sarah Haley, and Savannah and McGurie Taylor. Kyle Ng, age 9, was a very close Third place.