18th Annual Sand Castle Contest
The contest kicked off at noon on Sunday with overcast skies. Light rain threatened the sand creations, but the heavier rain that was forecasted held off, allowing the amateur artists to finish their work within the two hour allotted time. Participants of all ages came out to make sand come to life in three categories including children eight years old and under with an adult, children from 9- 13 and everyone 14 and over. First, second and third place trophies were given for each category.
West End Realty sponsored the contest along with the Department of Parks and Recreation. “Considering all that Rockaway has been through, both the Parks Department and West End Realty did a fantastic job at putting it together this year. They said it was pretty last minute, but nobody would have been able to know that. It was just as crowded, organized and fun as years past,” Dana Carioti said. Her son Ricky Carioti took home first prize in the “Children eight and under with a parent" category for his "Sand Skull Mountain" that he created with his father, Rick.
Michael and Oliver Benn and Michael John Corcoran took home the second place trophy in the eight and under category for their “Monster Truck Castle and Track. Gina Verrengia, Bradley Hoffman and James Verrengia took first place in the 9-13 category for their “Alligator Eating a Frog Off a Log.”
In the 14 and over category, the winning creations included a Nintendo video game tribute, a dragon and a pod of dolphins. Dozens of spectators came out to check out the creations, including Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and his wife and children.