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Castles, mermaids, dolphins and lots of other interesting stuff will emerge from the sand on Wed., July 8 when this resort holds its first sand sculpting contest of the season on the 6th St. Beach.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. There are categories for age groups 5 and under, 6-8, 9-12, teens, adults and families. Entry is free and prizes are awarded.

Ocean City began the contests 37 years ago and over the decades the entries have included Volkswagens, a gorilla, hermit crabs, a pool table, a huge tennis shoe, horses, Sponge Bob Square Pants, turtles, elephants, you name it. Contestants are asked to bring buckets, shovels and their imaginations.

For information, contact the Public Relations Office, 609-525-9300.