Cannon Beach to Host 50th Annual Sandcastle Contest in June - Oregon Coast Visitors Association

Cannon Beach to Host 50th Annual Sandcastle Contest in June

Posted by The Oregon Coast / December 19, 2013

Participants apply the finishing touches to a large sculpture at the 2013 Sandcastle Contest in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Cannon Beach, Oregon will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its annual Sandcastle Contest Saturday, June 21, 2014. The event is the oldest sandcastle contest in the Northwest and the most popular annual event in this North Oregon Coast town. Dozens of teams participate in the contest with divisions for Masters, who compete for cash prizes; plus large group, small group and children’s divisions with winners receiving medals and ribbons.

Sandcastle building plots are laid out early in the morning, a backhoe digs holes nearby to provide a water source and the building begins at 11am. Masters teams typically utilize construction forms, similar to those used for pouring concrete. Sand is shoveled, tamped and packed into the forms to make large, elaborate sand sculpture creations possible without crumbling under their own weight. The creations are best viewed during the mid-to-late afternoon, with judging taking place at 4pm when winners are announced. The temporary works of art are usually washed away with the next high tide.

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Published in Coast Explorer Fall/Winter 2013
Photo by Gary Hayes
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