It’s ‘Things with Wings’ for Parksville Beachfest 2016

The majority (43 per cent) voted for Things with Wings while Wild West took second place

After receiving over 650 votes for the 2016 sand sculpting theme, the Parksville Beach Festival Society is pleased to announce the results — Things With Wings was the winner.

The public was asked to vote online and in person at Quality Foods in Nanoose Bay, Parksville and Qualicum Beach for their favourite theme from a choice of three: Wild West, Explore, Discover, Invent, and Things with Wings. The majority (43 per cent) voted for Things with Wings while Wild West took second place, capturing 34 per cent of the votes. Explore, Discover, Invent came in third place at 23 per cent.

“We are excited about this year’s theme”, said event manager Wendy Sears, who also surveyed past sculptors. “Many of our professional sculptors voted in favour of this theme as it will be broad enough to allow for sculpting creativity.”

Parksville Beach Festival Society volunteers can now start to design the summer events around this new theme. Society president, Cheryl Dill said the opening weekend, entertainment and a new event will incorporate a Things with Wings theme.

“We aim to please the public and very much appreciate their input in helping us chart the course for Parksville’s summertime hallmark event, said Dill.

Beachfest’s 2016 Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition will take place July 15-August 21, featuring international artists sculpting sand alongside Parksville’s coveted beach in the community park. More than 104,000 visitors attended last year and donations to the event directly supported 19 philanthropic groupsin the Parksville-Qualicum region. For more information visit www.parksvillebeachfest.ca.

— NEWS Staff/Beachfest Society news release