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Sand Castle Contest Draws Kids, Families

Aug 06, 2018 01:34PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
The 58th Annual Sand Castle Design Contest drew approximately 200 competitors to the Manhattan Beach Pier on Sunday morning, inspiring designs ranging from crazy castles, to a colorful mermaid, to a "Shark Week" tribute.

The contest, sponsored by the Manhattan Beach Department of Parks and Recreation, was part of the International Surf Festival activities. DigMB and Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill sponsored prizes for the competition. 

First place in the group competition went to the "Denny Dudes" - Brian Denny, and his sons Lincoln and Pierson Denny - who created a giant 10-tentacled octopus.

"It was a good team effort from the boys," said Denny after the competition. "We all did our part, and everyone specialized in something."

Across the sand, creations included sea lions lounging on rocks; a giant submarine; a foot and soccer ball; and a living room set complete with couch, coffee table, and TV tuned to "Shark Week."

The contest brings many family groups who work together and return year after year. Mimi Wooley, winner of the adult solo division, told judges that she has taken part in the competition on and off for the last 50 years.

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