Anyone who has built or dreamed of building a sand castle is invited to Carmel Beach on Sept. 8, to compete in the 58th annual Great Sandcastle Competition.
Carmel, CA, September 9, 2018 — Anyone who has built or dreamed of building a sand castle is invited to Carmel Beach on Sept. 8, to compete in the 58th annual Great Sandcastle Competition.
The contest will be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Carmel Beach and 10th Avenue, with the theme “Rooms in the Dunes.”
The event is free and open to the public and is held rain or shine. It is sponsored by the city of Carmel and the Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
The contest is open to all participants and all ages, with no admission fee to compete or to view. Skill level is not important — judging takes place in many categories. Artistic expression is encouraged, however, in a family-friendly fashion.
The only rules are that no machinery or power tools can be used, contestants must stay within contest boundaries and the only decorations allowed are those that can be found on the beach.
Judges will include members of the AIA, plus local celebrities and dignitaries. Contestants are urged to “bribe” judges with non-monetary offers, such as cookies, beer and wine, and food.
The best “sand castle” wins the coveted Golden Shovel Award, with other awards including the Sour Grapes award and Best Traditional Sand Castle. Every participant in the contest goes home with a plaque commemorating their handiwork. Following the theme is not required.
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City of Carmel-by-the-Sea
Community Services Dept.
American Institute of Architects Monterey Bay
Marci Bracco Cain
Salinas, CA 93901