Beach Festival brings Kelly home from Oz

Former Parksville sandcastle planner wouldn’t miss all the gritty fun for the world

  • Jul. 24, 2012 9:00 a.m.



A former organizer of the sandcastle sculpting event at Parksville Community Park is thrilled to see the event is still going strong.

Kelly Ingram who coordinated the beach festival back in 2005, 2006 and 2007 was checking out the 2012 sculptures recently.

She no longer lives in Parksville but she was in town for a special occasion.  Ingram got married on the July 14 weekend at the Beach Club Resort.

Ingram who now lives in Perth, Australia brought 14 Aussies up from down under for the nuptials and said her new family members can’t believe how lovely it is in Oceanside and how awesome of the sandcastle event is.

“They think the sand castles are spectacular and so do I.  They have added some new things this year like the amateur category and that is a good touch,” she agreed.

Ingram said they don’t have anything like Parksville’s Beachfest in Perth and although there are incredible beaches in Australia, none are as great as Parksville’s according to Ingram.

“Parksville is so laid back … and you get a warm feeling from everyone here,” she said.

Current Beachfest Society president Cheryl Dill said despite a bit of rain over the weekend, the sand sculptures are still looking great.

After the sculptures were completed they were sprayed with a diluted mixture of environmentally-friendly white glue and water twice a day for the first week, which Dill said allows them to withstand wind and rain.

“They look great,” she said.


Just Posted

Retired Nanoose Bay teacher ‘Set for Life’ after $675K lottery win

Shannon plans to buy new sails for his sailboat

Country music star Aaron Pritchett back in Qualicum Beach to play benefit concert

Singer to headline Thalassa restaurant fundraiser for Ronald McDonald house

Qualicum school district sees utility costs go down

Capital funding opportunities promote clean energy and drive efficiencies

Order in the chambers: Qualicum Beach votes for council code of conduct

Coun. Robert Filmer’s motion passes unanimously at town meeting

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

Ethnic media aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians

Statistics Canada says new Canadians made up about one-fifth of the voting population in 2016

Cross-examination begins for B.C. dad accused of killing young daughters

Andrew Berry is charged in the deaths of six-year-old Chloe and four-year-old Aubrey in 2017

Dog attacked by river otters, Penticton owner says

Marie Fletcher says her dog was pulled underwater by four river otters in the Penticton Channel

BC SPCA overwhelmed with cats, kittens needing homes

Large number of cruelty investigations, plus normal ‘kitten season’ to blame

Wife charged in husband’s death in Sechelt

Karin Fischer has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her husband, Max

B.C. Hydro applies for rare cut in electricity rates next year

Province wrote off $1.1 billion debt to help reverse rate increase

Most Read