Sandsations, one of the nation’s best sand-sculpting competitions and exhibitions, will be take place on July 23, in Long Beach, Washington. Participants of all ages and levels of experience will build fantastic creations, while racing against the incoming tide. Sculpting starts at 6AM and finishes at noon. Spectators are welcome.
Build up to the event begins on July 19, with tons of beach sand dumped at the Bolstad approach in Long Beach. Master sculptors, including Ed Mah and Scott Dosch, can be seen carving from July 19 through 22, with their creations on display through July 24. People are encouraged to vote for their favorites.
The action moves to the beach on Friday afternoon, July 22, with free sand-sculpting lessons and late registration. Weather permitting, after the lessons there will be a bonfire, S’more kits for the first 100 people, a dance on the boardwalk from 7 until 10PM, and a fire spinning exhibition at 10PM to wrap up the evening.
For the main competition on Saturday, buckets, shovels, trowels, forms and water will be used to transform simple sand into massive, imaginative sculptures. Masters will begin building at 6AM and teams and solos will start at 8AM – all racing the incoming tide and waves, before they sweep the beach clean.
More free sand-sculpting lessons will take place at noon as judging begins. Winners and prizes will be awarded starting at 1PM, when the people’s choice award for the downtown sculptures will be announced. There is also a full lineup of entertainment scheduled at the Pavilion on Bolstad from noon until 6PM.
The contest takes place at the shoreline adjacent to the Long Beach boardwalk and near the Bolstad beach approach.
Registration fees range from $65 for masters to $1 each for children under 12.
All summer long, two-hour sand-sculpting lessons will be available for a fee to small groups of up to 10 people on Wednesdays through Sundays, in Long Beach. People will gain hands-on experience from concept and technique through build and sculpting. Sign up at www.sandsationslongbeach.com/sand-sculpting-lessons.
Long Beach is Washington’s quintessential beach town with access to 28 miles of wide, silver-sand beach, a one-half mile long boardwalk, 8.5-mile Discovery Trail, two historic lighthouses, wildlife refuges, as well as state and national parks. Visitors enjoy colorful kite and gift shops, galleries and one-of-a-kind museums, as well as beach treats – double scoops of ice cream and saltwater taffy. Ocean view and waterfront lodging and great places to eat round out the mix.