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Aug 7, 2018 6:41 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Amagansett Contest Draws Sand Sculptors To The Beach

The Clamshell Foundation's 27 Annual Sandcastle Contest on Sunday, August 5. KYRIL BROMLEY
Aug 7, 2018 12:42 PM

Sea creatures, castles, bridges and other sculptures lined Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett on a postcard-perfect, sunny Sunday morning, courtesy of the Clamshell Foundation’s 27th annual sandcastle-making contest for kids, adults and any professional sand artists looking to score a few points with their families.

Before starting on their masterpieces, participants signed in underneath a white circus-type tent filled with volunteer students from East Hampton High School. Participants agreed to abide by an important set of rules: use only indigenous tools, such as items found on the beach, and keep clear of blocking the lifeguard stands.

“In previous years, we’ve had about one hundred participants,” said Kori Peters, daughter of Clamshell Foundation co-founder and CEO Billy Kalbacher.

Founded in 1992 by the late Rossetti Perchik, the Clamshell Foundation is a not-for-profit that supports community projects like shellfish seeding programs, education and scholarships.

The first Sandcastle Contest took place on August 26, 1992, at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett, the same place it’s been for 27 years. Mr. Perchik came up with the idea after seeing a sandcastle contest on the banks of the Arkansas River when he was living in Tulsa, Okalahoma.

After Mr. Perchik died in 2016, Mr. Kalbacher and his family took charge of the community organization.

“The Clamshell Foundation is homegrown, and totally Bonac-oriented,” said Alice Rosenwald, a foundation board member, under the sign-in tent on Sunday. “We deeply care about the people in the community and our environment,” she said.

The foundation is responsible for toy drives, the Great Bonac Fireworks show, Thanksgiving turkey fundraisers, and, of course, the sandcastle contest. The foundation also donates scholarships to local schools, including this June’s $5,000 scholarship to the East Hampton High School graduating senior class.

The winners at Sunday’s contest, which had been rescheduled from Saturday because of rain, were as follows:

Sand pros: Nolan Quinn; Sand shapers: “The Fluke, Unshaven” by Jeff Reich and “Hippo” by Chaz Shaversteen; Sand hoppers: “Just Build It” by Adam Liebowitz, “Turtle” by Philip Minardo and “Reputation” by Manuela Williams; and Sand fleas: “Octomaze” by Greg Morris, “Cooper’s Castle” by Cooper Small and “Winding Castle” by Lilah Wallis; Sand tribes: “Hippo in the Water,” “Lost llama” and “Pac-Man.”

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