A group of visitors looks over the sand sculpture ‘Hey Jacques’ by Bruce Waugh during the Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition at Parksville’s Community Park in 2017. This year’s competition begins Friday, July 13. — NEWS file photo

A group of visitors looks over the sand sculpture ‘Hey Jacques’ by Bruce Waugh during the Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition at Parksville’s Community Park in 2017. This year’s competition begins Friday, July 13. — NEWS file photo

Beach Fest begins Friday with sand sculpting

Twenty-nine sculptors from around the world to create sand art in Parksville

The Parksville Beach Festival is starting up this week, with the Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition kicking off Friday, July 13.

The public is welcome to check out the sand sculptures as they form, as some 29 sculptors from around the world will begin their work at 2 p.m. on Friday, with a ribbon cutting to start things off. Sculptures continue until 9 p.m. that night, and work is viewable until then, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on July 14 and 15.

Sculptors have until 2:45 p.m. Sunday, July 15 to finish their work. Then judging begins, with the awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

The sand sculpture exhibition will then remain open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until Aug. 19.

For a more complete schedule on the competition, the exhibition, and the rest of Parksville Beach Festival, go to www.parksvillebeachfest.ca.

— NEWS Staff