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Sand Sculpture Contest slated for Saturday

Krystle Wagner • Aug 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Sand sculpturers of all talent levels will soon turn Grand Haven beach sand into works of art.

The annual Sand Sculpture Contest will take place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Grand Haven City Beach. So far, 15 teams have signed up to participate in the youth crew, individual, family and crew categories.

The cost to participate is $20 for crew entries, $15 for youth crew, and $10 for individual and youth participants. Teams can sign up on the day of the event or online at www.grandhavenchamber.org/sand-sculpture-contest.

The event will take place rain or shine, unless there’s severe weather.

Mary Sherman, director of events and programs for the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven-Spring Lake-Ferrysburg, said a lot of people look forward to the annual event. She said it’s free to watch and a minimal cost to participate.

“It’s a nice end-of-summer community event,” Sherman noted.

After the participants spend two hours of creating masterpieces, “celebrity judges” will vote, and the public will also vote for favorite entries. The “celebrity judges” will include Grand Haven Mayor Geri McCaleb and individuals from the event’s sponsors.

Some of the previous sculptures have included castles, sea lion, minions from the “Despicable Me” movies and a leopard.

Only water can be used to set and harden the sand, and no artificial supports can be used. Biodegradable products can be used to decorate.

Participants must bring their own pails, shovels and other equipment. In the past, some participants also brought spray bottles to set certain areas of the sand.

Sherman said she enjoys watching the varying levels of talent.

“We welcome all skill levels,” she said.

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