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Joey Rao, 7, of Bay Shore, created his (Credit: Brittany Wait)

Joey Rao, 7, of Bay Shore, created his version of the Montauk Monster out of sand with his sister and brother during a sand castle contest at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk. Their sandcastle won first place in their age group. (June 27, 2013)

Montauk sand castle contest

18 teams competing in the first sandcastle contest of the season at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk. The contests run on Thursdays, between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., until Aug. 29.

Will Hinchcliffe, 7, of Brewster N.Y., left, and
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Will Hinchcliffe, 7, of Brewster N.Y., left, and his cousins John Hinchcliffe, 17, and Grace Nevin, 16, re-create the Big Bad Wolf and Three Little Pigs fairy tale in the sand at a sand castle contest at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk. Their sandcastle won first place in their age group. (June 27, 2013)

Joey Rao, 7, of Bay Shore, created his
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Joey Rao, 7, of Bay Shore, created his version of the Montauk Monster out of sand with his sister and brother during a sand castle contest at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk. Their sandcastle won first place in their age group. (June 27, 2013)

Paige Carroll, 9, of Port Washington, and five
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Paige Carroll, 9, of Port Washington, and five others built a kingdom made of sand at a sandcastle contest at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk. Their sandcastle won first place in their age group. (June 27, 2013)

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The Big Bad Wolf and Three Little Pigs
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

The Big Bad Wolf and Three Little Pigs fairy tale was re-created in sand during a sandcastle contest at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk. (June 27, 2013)

Kiernan Dennis, 13, of Port Washington, and five
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Kiernan Dennis, 13, of Port Washington, and five others built a kingdom made of sand during a sandcastle contest at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk. Their sand castle won first place in their age group. (June 27, 2013)

Paige Carroll, 9, of Port Washington, and five
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Paige Carroll, 9, of Port Washington, and five others built a kingdom made of sand during a sandcastle contest at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk. Their sandcastle won first place in their age group. (June 27, 2013)

Meagan Porter, 13, of Bellport, left, her brother
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Meagan Porter, 13, of Bellport, left, her brother Jack Porter, 6, and cousin Jillian Hajek, 14, of West Babylon, created an octopus out of sand at a sandcastle contest at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk. (June 27, 2013)

Joseph Contino, 11, of Port Washington, and five
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Joseph Contino, 11, of Port Washington, and five others built a kingdom made of sand at a sandcastle contest at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk. Their sandcastle won first place in their age group. (June 27, 2013)

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