Summer of Sandcastles: Virtual Sandcastle Contest

It’s the Summer of Sandcastles.  Cannon Beach is hosting the 56th annual Sandcastle Contest differently this year with a Virtual Contest.

Build a sandcastle sometime this summer before September 7th and submit a photo or short video of your build to enter to win in the very first ever Virtual Sandcastle Contest.

Winners will be chosen in two categories: With Haystack Rock and Without Haystack Rock.

You can keep the Cannon Beach Spirit of Sandcastle alive!  Follow  Facebook throughout the summer to see featured entries in different fun themes  like best mermaid, best sandcastle, all kids build, and more.    Check out this site for more inspiration!

 

 

The 54th Sandcastle Contest in Cannon Beach set for June 9: Book now!

Cannon Beach 54th Sandcastle Contest set for June 9

Awe-inspiring creations that will go out with the tide

The 54th annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle contest is set for Saturday, June 9.

 It’s the oldest competition of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.  It is also the most popular event in this wonderfully charming Oregon Coastal town.

Dozens of teams of professional sand sculpture artists, amateur groups and families will construct remarkable creations in the sand during the event.

The Master’s division teams compete for cash prizes.  They will construct large, elaborate creations often utilizing construction forms similar to those used for pouring concrete. resulting in monumental size displays. 

Sandcastle Weekend Events

The sand sculpture contest on Saturday is the highlight of the weekend.  Visitors will enjoy other related activities throughout the weekend.   The weekend activities kick off with the Sandcastle Parade on Friday afternoon at 5:30 pm.    On Saturday evening, beach lovers gather for an 8 pm beach bonfire with live music from 7-10pm.  Sunday morning starts with the 9 am Singing Sands 5K fun run and walk.

 Judging of the sandcastles begins at 5:30pm on Saturday.  So the best time for viewing the completed sculptures is between 4-6pm before the efforts of the day are gone with the tide. 

over 50 years with broad appeal

One of only 11 events to receive this recognition

In 2014, the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest was recognized as an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department.  It is just one of 11 events statewide to achieve such a designation. An Oregon Heritage Tradition is an event with a broad public appeal, with at least 50 years of continuous operation and that contributes to the identity of the state.  

Make lodging reservations early for this popular weekend. Hotels typically sell out rooms in advance. Day-trippers should plan on arriving early.

The Sandcastle Contest is the only day of the year when the beach is used for parking to accommodate the large crowds.  Cars must be off the beach by 6:30 pm to avoid issues with the incoming tide. 

For information on how to participate, contact the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623.  

51st annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest kicks off summer

Teams work during last year's Sandcastle contest.

Teams work during last year’s Sandcastle contest.

Saturday, June 20 will mark the 51st Annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest, kicking off summer with the most popular event of the year.

Dozens of teams participate.  Amateurs compete in large group (5-8), small group (1-4), teen and children’s divisions to earn medals, ribbons and bragging rights. Masters teams, comprised of previous masters and large group winners, from throughout the west coastm Canada and afar, come to compete for cash prizes.  The creations are magical.

Sandcastle building plots are laid out in the morning. A back hoe will be used to dig holes near each building site to provide a source of water.  Masters teams typically utilize construction forms, similar to those used for pouring concrete.  Sand is shoveled, tamped and packed into the forms to make large and elaborate sand sculpture creations that will hold without crumbling under their own weight.

Teams work from 7:00 am to 1:00pm, with the creations best viewed right before judging takes place in the early afternoon and winners are announced.

The stunningly NANCY MCCARTHY — The Daily Astorian Cannon Beach Sandcastle Day 2008beautiful, but temporary works of art are usually washed away with the next high tide.

To accommodate the influx of spectators, this is the one day of the year when parking is allowed on the sand in Cannon Beach.Other special events to celebrate the Sandcastle Contest throughout the weekend include a kick-off parade Friday at 5p.m,  a  Saturday Night Hootenanny at the Chamber Hall and a huge beach Bon Fire at the Tolovana Wayside starting at 8:00 pm, just north of the Tolovana Inn.

To register for the contest, contact the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623.   Details can be found online and in this brochure.

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