The Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition
2019 SAND SCULPTING COMPETITION
July 12: 2pm – 9pm
July 13 & 14: 9am – 9pm
July 15 – August 18
Open 9am – 9pm daily
What are you going to do this summer? If you are interested in art, you will be fascinated by these professional sand sculptures!
The Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition is a world class event for Master Sand Sculptors and is an official qualifying event for the World Championship of Sand Sculpting. These Master Sculptors travel from all corners of the globe to participate in our remarkable competition and exhibition in Parksville. You can watch the sculptures “under construction” beginning Friday, July 12 at 2 pm. Judging will take place on Sunday from 3-5 pm and the winners will be announced Sunday at approximately 5:30 pm. The gated exhibition will remain open to the public until Sunday, August 18th, from 9am-9pm daily. Voting for the ever popular “People’s Choice Award” begins after judging has been completed.
Be sure to bring your camera to this amazing event because once the exhibition is over the sculptures are gone forever. You and your family are sure to be inspired to create a little sandcastle magic of your own after viewing the sand sculptures – so bring your own buckets and shovels!
Each soloist has a 12×15 foot plot and gets 10 yards of sand while doubles get a 20×20 foot plot and 15 yards of sand. ALL the sand must be utilized in the creation of their artwork. They have 30 pre-set hours over 4 days to create their masterpieces.
Looking at these masterpieces you might wonder how they stay together! Essentially they are just made from sand and water. However to withstand wind and rain, they are sprayed with a diluted mixture of environmentally-friendly white glue (like the glue kids use at school) and water only AFTER the sculptures are completed. In the first place, the sculptures must be constructed properly – lots of packing and pounding to make them strong!
Want to see the sculptures for yourself? Book a stay near Parksville and you can do just that!
Written by Natsumi Matsumoto