Fairy Tale theme chosen for Sand Sculpting Competition

New for the 2013 event is a doubles category; the competition and exhibition alongside Parksville Beach Society July 13-August 18

  • Feb. 26, 2013 1:00 p.m.

The Parksville Beach Festival Society is actively planning the 2013 Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition, and a theme has been chosen.

After gathering input through its website survey, the winning theme for this year’s event is “Fairy Tales”. Cheryl Dill, president of the Parksville Beach Festival Society, said the theme will allow for plenty of sculpting creativity.

“We may see dragons, princesses and castles emerging from the sand but expect the unexpected from these master sculptors,” said Dill.

Set to run July 13-August 18 alongside Parksville’s famous beach, the competition and exhibition will feature competitors in the category of  soloists and new for 2013 will be  doubles.

Event Manager Trish Smith said she receives applications annually from sculptors wishing to enter Parksville’s competition as a team of two, but not until this year will the site allow for more sculptures.

“We are a qualifying event for the world championships, which features soloists and doubles, so it makes sense to have both of these groups featured in our event, ” said Smith.  She is currently working with Koers Engineering to redesign the layout of plots, which will feature more sculptures. Smith is recruiting sculptors from all over the world and will have sculptors confirmed by mid March.

Plans are also underway for a one-day amateur competition directly on Parksville beach. This is reminiscent of how the sand sculpting competitions and Parksville Beach Festival began in 1982, when teams competed against each other and the tide schedule.

— NEWS Staff/Beach Festival Society

Just Posted

U19B Rage play with heart at provincials

Parksville girls finish fourth despite giving up only four runs in five seven games

Town of Qualicum Beach to sell more than $5M in real estate

Sales to pay for recent real estate purchases, including St. Andrews Lodge

Parksville senior donates money from condo sale to Brazil for school

Giancarlo Chitto donates close to $435,000 to help build educational facility

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

VIDEO: Top winners announced for sand sculpting competition

See the sculptures as they progress through the competition at Parksville Community Park

VIDEO: Firefighters put out brush fire in Nanaimo

Fire broke out in the area of a new development under construction in East Wellington

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Lake Ontario

Police say the 35-year-old’s death appears to be a ‘case of misadventure’

Air quality statement warns of smoky air for Kamloops area

Environment ministry says area on north side of Thompson River may be affected by wildfire smoke

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Russian protest group claimed responsibility after four people ran onto field in police uniforms

Fans party on Montreal streets after French World Cup win

To city is home to nearly 57,000 French nationals

B.C. VIEWS: Making private health care illegal again

Adrian Dix battles to maintain Cuba-style medical monopoly

Almost every part of Canada’s largest national park deteriorating: federal study

Drawing on decades of research — the report lists 50 pages of citations

Activists protest outside Kinder Morgan terminal in kayaks, canoes

Tsleil-Waututh elder Ta’ah Amy George led the water ceremony from a traditional Coast Salish canoe

Most Read