Sandsculpting championship in Va. Beach closes early in anticipation of Matthew

Photo courtesy: Sarah Hill

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The Neptune’s International Sandsculpting Championship has been closed early due to anticipated high winds that could arrive with Hurricane Matthew late this week.

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Officials say the championship venue, “The Land of Sand,” closed Tuesday morning so that workers could have enough time to remove the 30,000 square foot tent that encloses the championship.

“It is a disappointing and difficult decision,” says Nancy Creech, president of the festival. “But the sheer size of the structure and all that is involved to remove it from the beach make it impossible to delay a decision when a storm of this size and magnitude could potentially be affecting our coast by the weekend.”

The Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend concluded Sunday, but the Sandsculpting Championship gallery was supposed to remain open through next Sunday, Oct. 9.

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