My name is Ernie Sacco from Ablevision and welcome to Revere Beach Sand Castles Contest. Come on down! Come on down! Hello again. My name is Camille and this is Nicole. Nicole, what do you think about all the beautiful sand castles today? I think the sand castles are great! This is my first time at Revere Beach and they’re much bigger than I thought they were gonna be. I think they all look fabulous, what do you think? Me too, they’re beautiful, fabulous! Hello, I’m Nicky Anthony Russolillo and I’m speaking here with the sand castle director. Nicky: What do you do here? How’s this thing takes place every year? Kathi-Anne: This is amazing! These are the best sand sculptors in the world and they come here from all over the world. They’ve competed internationally we have the world champion. Many of the people who are here have been here several years. This is our fifth year and it’s run by a non-profit organization called The Revere Beach Partnership that works with the City of Revere and the state especially The Department Of Conservation Recreation and we get donations and sponsors to put this event together every year. I’m Christine Murdocca from Ablevision, what’s your name? I’m Lilly Guido from The Revere Beach Partnership. So, what are you doing here today? Today, we are here on our second day of competition at the New England Sand Sculpting Festival, the largest festival in the east coast that we hold every year on Revere Beach. How many years you’ve been doing this? We’ve been doing this for five years. Christine: How do you get interested in doing this? Lilly: I started out as a volunteer, four years ago and then two years ago I became the Executive Director of The Revere Beach Partnership so now it’s my job but it’s the most fun job anybody could ever ask for. The best thing about my job is I get to be out here in the beautiful sunshine on the gorgeous Revere Beach every day. Christine: How many artists are sculpting today? Lilly: We have eleven professional sculptors competing and we have six or seven more in the demolition site that are working on that beautiful piece in the middle. What’s your job this week? Actually I work for Celebrity Marketing, we’re doing all the logistics of the scene and we are able to get the sponsors to come out here and help support the event so we’re doing all different sorts of jobs this week it’s really exciting, keeping it refreshing. I really love just watching the whole thing transform it’s really something that I’ve never seen before and it’s just breathtaking it’s nice to see such talented and passionate people at the beach. Now interesting, why do they truck sand from New Hampshire? It’s a very interesting question, you think that every beach has sand but some sands are better than others and this sand just has a lot of shells and rocks and things so the sand that they bring in it’s actually it’s just a really good carving sand and it’s helps reclaim the beach. We packed the sand, we get the sand wet, pack it together really hard, and then we carve it out with those tools. Does this sand go back to New Hampshire when you’re done with it or do we keep it? You guys get to keep it and when we’re done they’ll just after they keep these up for a while they’ll just level them all and use it as part of the beach. I see, what’s the average life span? Well I would say you can probably keep these up for a couple of weeks without too much damage. The sculpture I’m working on you can only see the top because we just started carving but what it looks like is some flames and it’s going to be kind of a tribute to the Olympics, it’s going to be an Olympic flame with a couple of athletes making it up as I go. So, what was the hardest thing you ever sculpted? Wow, you know the hardest thing for me to sculpt is a likeness of someone who’s famous because everybody knows what they look like and they know when you’re getting it wrong. How true. What is the easiest? Oh, a pile of sand. (laughing) Okay, once again this is Jimmie right here on beautiful Revere Beach, the oldest beach in America. The first public beach in America and I’m with… Matthew Martelli. Mike Shamaly. And Matthew Shamaly. So, you’re all brothers? Well, the two of us are. I’m the missing brother. (laughing) Jimmie: What’s the average length does it take to do one of these things? Matthew: Well, they give us four days. Jimmie: How many hours a day do you work? Matthew: They give us actually seven hours, it goes from 8:00 to 4:00 where they give us an hour for lunch. Hello, I’m Chris Alfonso from Ablevision and I’m here with Sandi. So Sandi, how’d you become part of this contest? I became part of this contest, well, I’ve been here for four years now actually I was here from the very first contest and here at Revere it’s wonderful. Chris: How did you get into sculpting? Sandi: Well Chris, I started sculpting thirteen years ago because I was bored at the beach and I’m looking at people at the beach there and some people were building sand castles and I watched them then I got so excited and I went into a contest, won second, got fifty bucks, and the sand castle trophy and I’ve been hooked ever since so that’s how I got started. Wow! Unbelieveable! How did you get interested in doing this? Well, I first started of doing sand sculpting after a good friend of mine signed me up for competition on the beach. It’s a really long competition I learned a lot and then I decided I would like to do more sand sculptures. Right now I’m making the sculpture with the moon and stars and we’re going to make the two people catching a falling star so they can make a wish. Christine: What’s your favorite part of this event? Thomas: You could make so many beautiful things out of the sand with all these friends of mine you can have to know a lot of people on the beach so it’s nice. This is Nicky Russolillo and I’m speaking to a guy the headman named Sean who is the headhunter of this thing. Sean, how this thing got all started? Basically, five years ago we were commissioned to do one 10-ton sculpture and you look behind there is one 10-ton sculpture behind you and there’s actually eleven of them this year so we started last year with one. Five years ago with one, one sculpture. Nicky: How are you getting all this together? Sean: Basically, we send out invitations to all of the sculptors if they are available to come to our event and we put on a really nice show for them. We cover their hotel rooms and their air fare and we give them a good stipend to come in and we just have a great time it’s kind of like being with family and friends you know once a year. Nicky: Sean, what are you working on anyway? Sean: I’m working on completing the 250 ton demonstration site which includes heroes from comic books and heroes from real life so we have a bunch of comic book heroes on one side, we have a bunch of real world heroes like doctors, teachers, military personnel, firefighters, police officers, lifeguards, so we wanted to give that duality and have a giant centerpiece globe in the middle. Nicky: Do you think you’re going to come into first place by Saturday night? Oh, I think everybody here wishes that they come in first place, all that we can do though I gotta say all I can do is do my best and you roll the dice and see what happens. Goodbye everybody! Bye! Bye!