07/27/2015 04:33 EDT | Updated 07/27/2016 05:59 EDT

30th Annual New River Sand Sculpture Contest a success

More than 6,000 people attended the 30th Annual New River Beach Sand Sculpture Contest over the weekend, according to organizers.

The threat of rain and cooler-than-usual temperature did not deter the enthusiastic crowd, said Lenora Lomax, acting manager of New River Provincial Park.

Spectators were rewarded with a total of 66 sand sculptures in four categories: family, adult, youth and group.

The best overall title went to Mark Jeffrey and friends for their entry, King Neptune, which also placed second in the group category.

Jeffrey also claimed best overall last year for his Octoskull.

The winners included:


- 1st place: Sullivan family, Rock Lobster.

- 2nd place: Hanley family, Alligator A1.

- 3rd place: Sam and Mindy Williams, Dinosaur Egg.


- 1st place: Brady Burton, The Morning After.

- 2nd place: Jason, Olaf and The Sea of Minions.

- 3rd place: William, Jurassic Extinction.


- 1st place: Michaela, Lego.

- 2nd place: Jacob, Pac-Man.

- 3rd place: Steve, Truck.


- 1st place: Will Rihinehart and friends, The Hulk.

- 2nd place: Mark Jeffrey and friends, King Neptune.

- 3rd place: Lacey White and friends, The Tree.

The event also raised more than $5,300 for the Charlotte County SPCA and the St. George Food Bank.

In addition, an estimated 800 pounds of food was collected for the food bank, said Lomax.