Sand sculpting competition to announce winners on Friday (SLIDE SHOW)

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Sand Sculpture ATLANTIC CITY – The Do AC Sand Sculpting World Cup competition continues through Friday, but visitors can view the sculptures for weeks to come, or whenever the wind blows.

The display area and the sculptures will be open and guarded until after the Fourth of July weekend.

Twenty sand sculptors from around the world finished the singles portion of the competition on Sunday. The doubles event will continue this week and winners will be announced at 6 p.m. Friday, June 27.

Thousands of spectators came from near and far to view the sand sculptures on Sunday. The viewing area was packed with shutterbugs, who enjoyed snapping photos of a variety of themed sculptures.

“This is an old Atlantic City tradition and there’s great talent here,” Fred Snyder of Galloway Township said. “This display is very well done, especially because they have a viewer’s choice award. It’s hard to pick the best of the superb.”

His wife Eva said although they live only a few miles away, it was the first time they saw the competition.

“I’m impressed. We’ll definitely come back again next week to see the doubles sculptures,” she said.

Anastasia Blair of Galloway Township was excited to see people from around the corner and around the world come out to support the arts in Atlantic City.

“Any art is beautiful, but when people come here to express their talent, it’s great to be an art appreciator. I enjoyed seeing how intricate the process is,” she said.

Ten new sculptures will be built starting on Tuesday, June 24. The competition ends on Friday when awards will be presented at 6 p.m.

Now in is in its second year, the competition will present $75,000 in prize money to the sculptors. It is being sponsored by the Atlantic City Alliance and the DoAC campaign and directed by sand sculptor and artist John Gowdy of Atlantic City.

The display area is located on the beach near the Taj Mahal.

  Eva and Fred Snyder of Galloway Township enjoyed the Do AC Sand Sculpting World Cup. Eva and Fred Snyder of Galloway Township enjoyed the Do AC Sand Sculpting World Cup.

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