Master sculptors from around the world are beginning their masterpieces on the beach in Parksville as the annual Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition gets underway.
The exhibition will open to the public today (Friday, July 12) at 2 p.m. with entry a suggested $4 donation per person.
This year, 29 international sculptors are facing off in the 30-hour competition that will end on Sunday, July 14 with an awards ceremony.
This year’s theme is ‘Myths and Legends.’ Sculptors are competing solo or as duos.
Each duo team receives 15 yards of sand and each solo competitor receives 10 yards.
The exhibition will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day until Aug. 18. Last year saw 125,908 people come through the gates during the course of the exhibition.