The Sand & Sawdust Festival Amateur Sandcastle Building Contest is a fun, family-oriented event open to everyone - all ages, family, friends, businesses, nonprofits, in any combination. There will be three awards for the Amateur Category; “Best in Theme”, “Team Spirit Award” and “Sand Masters Choice.”
There is a $5 per person registration fee up to a maximum of $30 per team. Registration includes the pre-event sandcastle building workshops on either Friday or Saturday. We ask that you have a maximum of ten (10) team members per registered party so that we can space everything out. If your party is going to be larger than 10, please let us know in advance to discuss options, you might want to reserve and pay for two plots.
The theme for 2022: The Beach is Calling!
Only sand, water, shells, and other natural beach materials found on the beach that day can be used as part of your sculpture. Forms can be used in the construction process but can in no way support the final structure.
Hand tools may be used but use of power tools is not permitted. You will be competing against other amateurs, learn something new and have fun! All professional “sand artists” are disqualified from winning prizes in the Amateur Category but are welcome to participate for the fun. This is a family event, and we ask that your creations be done with respect to the community.
Awards for the Amateur Category
- “Best in Theme”: this award goes to the sandcastle that best represents this year’s theme.
- “Sand Masters Choice”: If you win this award, you have earned the respect from the sand masters! Your sandcastle reflects the techniques the pro’s use and demonstrates your hard work warrants recognition.
- “Team Spirit Award” This award goes to the team that embraces the event and has the most fun. Be creative
and show your spirit however you like.
People’s Choice Award
The public will also have an opportunity to vote on their favorite sculpture!
Schedule on the Beach:
Friday, June 24 – FORMFINDERS BUILDS A SANDCASTLE
Noon-5pm - Form Finders will be building a sandcastle near the contest site (see directions below). You can
visit from around noon-5pm to talk with the team and watch them build the event display sandcastle.
1pm and 3pm - Sandcastle Building Workshops: $5 per team or group up to 4 people, free with completed
contest registration. The workshops are for anyone wanting to learn how to build and sculpt a sandcastle.
Saturday, June 25th:
- 9:00am-10:00am – Pre-event Team Sandcastle Building and Tool Making Workshop - $5 for groups under 5
people, and free to those who have already registered for the contest.
- 11am-3pm – Sandcastle Building Contest.
- 3:30 pm - Judging and awards – on the beach.
Before and after the contest be sure to visit the convention center with the amazing chain saw carvers, vendors, food, and music.
Enter contest: https://tourismoceanshores.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Sand-Application-2022-1.pdf?fbclid=IwAR22jr2gUv_Y4c-30nUjGrxk6KsRyHDkNJBeGkPq09il4tz6J-QpvadpnEU