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July 13, 2012
David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
The Ninth Annual National Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach started Thursday. Justin Gordon from Groveland worked on his entry.
Artist Steve Topazio of Tiverton, R.I., worked on his sculpture.
The event is the largest of its kind on the East Coast. Chris Guinto of Key West, Fla., was pictured on Thursday.
Event organizers are expecting over 500,000 spectators to Revere Beach.
Wally, the Red Sox mascot, was worked on by Tamarijn Ziedins from Peabody.
Children participated in a sand art class conducted by some of the sculpture artists on Thursday.
A sculpture honoring Fenway Park will serve as the centerpiece of the event.
Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff
Co-organizer and competitor Meredith Corson of Sanding Ovations in Treasure Island, Fla., prepared for the event last week.
Co-organizer and competitor Dan Doubleday of Sanding Ovations in Treasure Island, Fla., dampened sand for the Fenway sculpture.
250 tons of sand were delivered and stacked in preparation for the event, which runs through Sunday.