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June 28, 2013

Fun in the sun

Salisbury's Sand & Sea Festival offers art, music and more

Seven years after it debuted at Salisbury Beach Center, this year’s Sand & Sea Festival is still going strong after becoming the local harbinger for the arrival of summer.

Taking place tomorrow and Sunday, the festival still offers all of its most popular events, like the pizza-eating contest, the Pet Parade, fireworks and free entertainment at the seaside outdoor stage.

And this year, the festival offers an artistic theme, highlighted by 3-D chalk artist Anthony Cappetto. The finished illusionary artwork, which Cappetto was slated to spend three days creating, will be on display throughout the weekend and makes a great backdrop for family photos.

Keeping the focus on art, there will also be a Street Art Competition that begins at 8 a.m. Saturday. Contestant artists will be assigned segments of sidewalk to work their magic. Prizes will be awarded in the afternoon prior to Entrain’s free Saturday concert, which will be followed by fireworks.

Boston artist Percy Fortini-Wright will also be on-site to produce a large easel painting, which will be auctioned off at the end of Saturday.

Music reigns supreme at the festival, with something for everyone from groups like Jeannie Mack providing children’s tunes, Chuck Walter Jazz Group, and Rick Goldin and Leah Vlahakis.

And traditionalists will be please to cheer on their favorites at the pizza-eating contest. Whether it’s from Tripoli’s, Cristy’s or anywhere else along the Broadway strip, beach pizza is a staple here and the contest to see who can eat the most is what makes the Sand & Sea Festival uniquely Salisbury.

Proud owners need to spruce up Fido and Fluffy, for every pet should get the chance to be shown off by their adoring people at the festival’s Pet Parade.

And that’s only the beginning. There will be face-painting and a petting zoo, craft and art vendors, a climbing wall, an air jumper, and food to please every taste, along with a roaming trackless railroad train giving rides around the Salisbury Beach Center, which has its own array of games, rides, attractions and entertainment.

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