Sand sculpting festival looks like it’s a hit

Event draws throngs to Parksville beach day after day

Abe Waterman works on his sculpture during The Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition.

Abe Waterman works on his sculpture during The Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition.

People are pouring in this year to the The Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition (Beach Fest) and organizer Trish Smith said they have in part the weather to thank for that.

“We received almost 10,000 people through just in the opening weekend whereas last year it was closer to 6,000 because of the rain.”

Smith said she’s getting good feedback about having daily entertainment this year, and people can check the website for the most up-to-date listings.

This weekend there is a number of exciting acts to catch, including circus performer Jake West, yoga on the beach, a local fashion show and former Parksville resident Alexandria Maillot.

Coming up July 29 and 29 Artisans on the Beach returns, with over 75 artisans set to showcase their art forms and sell their wares. This happens from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days down in Parksville’s Community Park.

Artisans can still register for this event online until Sunday, July 22.

For more information on Beach Fest visit the website www.parksvillebeachfest.ca.