Parksville sand festival: let the fun begin

Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition kicks off tomorrow

On Thursday afternoon Stephen Kuhn Bobcat Service of Nanoose Bay was distributing the sand that will be used for this year’s Beachfest sculptures.

The special sand has been imported and pounded into large forms and tomorrow (July 14) sand sculptors from 10 different states, provinces and countries begin chipping away at their masterpieces.

The 13th annual Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition kicks off on Parksville Bay today, with the main competition running through the weekend and the exhibition running right through until August 19.

The work can be viewed until 2 p.m. Saturday, when the gates open for a close-up view of the detail work the sand artists will be doing.

Carving stops at 3 p.m. on Sunday and the results of the judging and people’s choice award will be announced around 5:30 p.m.

This year, organizers are excited about a new feature they’ve instituted, a community sculpture that will be open to the public to work on throughout the weekend in the adjacent volleyball sand court.

Sponsored by the Coastal Community Credit Union. there will be experts and tools available to help people play in the sand and learn how it’s done.

“We want to inspire new sculptors and this is a fun way to learn. Everyone is welcome to experience sculpting with the pros on July 14 and 15,” said society president Cheryl Dill.

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