Giant Sand Sculpture Contest Comes to Misquamicut

WESTERLY — Three giant sand sculptures in Westerly and Charlestown are the harbingers of an international competition scheduled for Columbus Day weekend at Misquamicut State Beach.

The contest, called Atlantis Rising, is being organized by the South County Tourism Council as a way to spice things up during normally slower October, said Louise Bishop, the group’s president and chief executive.

Where can I see the sand sculptures?

The sculptures, taken on June 23, are located outside the Sandy Shore Motel, Atlantic Avenue, Misquamicut; the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce, 1 Chamber Way (from Route 1), Westerly; and the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce, 4945 Old Post Rd., Charlestown.

They are free and open to the public.

Contrary to the obvious, according to Bishop, neither the first sculptures nor the sculptures to be made in October in Misquamicut are made of beach sand.

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