MILFORD — Mermaids, castles and pirate ships will make their annual visit to Walnut Beach this month.

There’s reason to be enchanted, and impressed, with the creativity of the artists using beach sand and water as their media to create those popular designs and many others at the annual Sand Sculpture competition on Walnut Beach.

The Milford Fine Arts Council will sponsor the event for the 38th year, on Saturday, July 25 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Pails and shovels, including full-sized ones, are allowed along with other small tools, but committee members some years ago felt it necessary to state that construction equipment will not be allowed on the beach. So leave the backhoe and bulldozer at home.

Sculpting begins at 10 a.m., a half-hour after registration opens, and judging is at 1:30 p.m. Registration is free and open to families, groups and individuals of all ages. Non-Milford residents pay a $5 parking fee.

More than 50 sand sculptures were created last year, drawing hundreds of people to the beach on the western side of the city.

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