VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Hundreds of people headed to the Oceanfront for the 40th Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival.
If you went, you may have found it hard to inhale when you see the dozens of intricate sculptures in the International Sandsculpting Championship.
"It was breathtaking," said attendee Emma Thurman.
You also may have found it hard to resist pulling out your camera to snap a picture of the sand art. You'll most certainly have found it hard to comprehend how anyone could create such ornate sculptures with just grains of sand.
"All I know is they get a shovel and water and infinite amount of sand really," said attendee Nathan Obermeyer. "I don't really know how they made these."
There were 22 sand sculptures in the competition, created from artists from all over the world.
"I think they are very unique, and I know I couldn't do it, do any of them, they are very creative," said Thurman.
The festival imports 450 tons of sand for the competition; it's a finer grain of sand mixed with clay. The judges have already selected the winners of the competition, and attendees voted on the People's Choice winner.
The sand sculptures were located in a big tent on the beach between 4th Street and 10th Street.
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