Sand sculpting competition draws thousands to San Diego Bay

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SAN DIEGO - The 4th annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge has drawn over 50,000 visitors to the "B" Street Pier along San Diego Bay during Labor Day weekend.

Rusty Croft, with the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge says “the turnout has been phenomenal.”  The event has a $2 million economic impact on San Diego and a portion of proceeds go to four local children’s educational charities.

This year’s winner, Melineige Beauregard, took home all three top awards for her “In the Zone” sculpture. It’s an extremely rare honor and the second time she’s accomplished such a feat.

“She dropped to her knees. She was really, really happy,” said Croft.

Another sculpture turning heads is one of the 1976 Olympian Bruce Jenner. In John Gowdy’s design, you see a depiction of Bruce transforming into Caitlyn Jenner.

Continuing with the Olympic theme, the “Team USA Road to Rio Tour” was also on hand. Guests like Nastia Liukin, Blake Peeler and Greg Louganis spoke to the crowd all weekend long. The interactive exhibit used virtual-reality technology that enabled fans to experience personal Olympic moments.

Another event along San Diego Bay was the Festival of Sail running through Monday evening. It’s the largest tall ship festival on the west coast and is hosted at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

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