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 beautiful, 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.