BELMAR (AP) — Dozens of sand sculptors braved tricky weather conditions to create their designs at a Monmouth County beach.

People work in the rain on their sandcastles and sculptures during the "NJ Sandcastle Contest," contest in Belmar (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The Belmar Tourism Commission staged its 29th annual sandcastle competition Wednesday morning, despite storms containing steady rains and lightning that eventually spurred authorities to clear the beach in the Monmouth County community.

The contest was open to people of all ages, with individual and group prizes up for grabs in various categories. Besides the numerous castles, other entries included an alligator, a cartoon bear and a beach ball with flip-flops.


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