Artisans sought for sand castle event

It's going to be bigger and better than ever this year in Parksville

Organizers of Parksville’s major summer event are looking for more artisans.

Trish Smith, manager of the 13th annual Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition, said that last year’s Artisans at the Beach was a big success that they will try to expand on it for this year.

Last year they had around 40 artisans, which she said they would like to double, but they are being somewhat selective about the types of vendors they bring in.

This year they hope to add more artists, especially anyone with “beachy” stuff, maybe incorporating shells and drift wood she guessed, admitting she’s not sure how to reach all the artists she knows this area is full of.

She’s hoping for more painters and sculptors and she’d particularly like to see local talent.

Interested artisans should apply through the website at

They are expanding the market hours to 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and adding a second day, running the weekend of July 28 and 29 in the middle of the July 14 to August 19 sand art exhibition in Parksville Community Park.