“Holy City,” an homage to Charleston, won third place in architecture. (Photo by Nat Bono)

Sand sculptors of all ages flocked to Isle of Palm’s Front Beach for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival’s 33rd Sand Sculpting Contest. The competition was split up into four age categories: kids, young adult, family and adult. Judging was based on age bracket, and everyone qualified for the creativity and architecture categories.  

Creativity shone through unexpected mash-ups, pun-derful sculpture titles and pop culture references. The rain held off until the final moments of the awards ceremony, where “Pain in the Gas,” inspired by the high gas prices, won best overall.

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