Evan Schlossberg wins his second Coney Island sand castle contest
Sand sculptor Evan Schlossberg tidies up his winning Aztec snake on Saturday on the beach at Coney Island.
In the 10 years since Evan Schlossberg won the Coney Island sand castle contest, he has been dreaming of the day he would once again be king of the beach.
Saturday, he reclaimed his crown. Schlossberg and his girlfriend, Erin Osner, took home first prize at the annual competition with an extraordinary sculpted sea serpent that spanned 15 feet.
“I’m psyched!” exclaimed Schlossberg, 34, of Park Slope, Brooklyn, after collecting his $400 check. “I won the contest 10 years ago and I’ve been dying to win it ever since.”
The 18th annual competition also brought a windfall to the Roman family, thanks to the superior sand-crafting skills of their young dynamos, Rayna, 9, and Devin, 6.
Rayna received top honors in the child group with an exquisitely detailed rendering of SpongeBob SquarePants, while her brother Devin was awarded second place for his baseball bat and ball.
“I get to go doll shopping with my grandma!” a beaming Rayna said. She won $400. Devin took home $200.
There were a total of 35 entries in the contest, including a massive octopus, an ant and a dog with its head resting on its front paws.
Louie Scarcella, 58, was awarded second prize for his sprawling representation of a fantasy island complete with plastic dinosaurs and a moving train operated by a remote control.
“It’s Coney Island,” Scarcella said. “Where else would you rather be?”
By Rob Erikson and Rich Schapiro