Updated: 07/17/2014 10:17 PM
Created: 07/17/2014 5:17 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson
Thursday was not a typical beach day at Park Point Beach. Hundreds of beachgoers armed with shovels and pails came seeking glory - sandcastle glory.
The annual Sandmodeling Contest put on by the YMCA, City of Duluth Park and Recreation, and Sea Grant drew hundreds to the sand.
"I'm building a dinosaur!" said 10-year-old Kaden Tuura.
The little artists weren't just building castles, but dinosaurs, lions, turtles, and alligators, too. Even Olaf the snowman from Disney's Frozen made an appearance.
"I didn't know at first. I couldn't figure out what to build and then it came to mind," said Lauren Johnson, 9, who created an alligator.
A crew of 75 kids from Cloquet's Kids Corner made a dozen or so sand creations. The kids said picking what to sculpt was tough, but one thing they were particular about? The size of their masterpieces.
"Well, we wanted to do something big because you know you want to win!" said Maija Terrio, 8.
But building with sand isn't just for kids.
"My original idea didn't work out, so I didn't have a whole lot of time so... boom! A hermit crab," said Nathan Rosty.
It was a spontaneous beach day for Rosty, and his first sand sculpture, but his crab was so detailed, he appeared to be a professional already.
There were 42 works of art up and down the beach. Judges gave out prizes for first, second, and third, most creative, largest and best use of natural materials.
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