Play in Sand this Saturday

File photo &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp The best in show sand castle at last year’s contest featured a moat and greenery. A crowd gathered to cheer on the winners as they received their prize.

Play in Sand this Saturday


For the 51st consecutive year, Alameda will hold its annual Sand Castle/Sculpture Contest. Don’t miss your chance to witness the impressive skills of Alameda and Bay Area sand artists on Saturday, June 10 at Robert Crown Memorial State Beach. 

Young and old are invited to bring their sand shovels, pails and children, and let their imaginations flow. The program is free and begins with registration at the Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1231 McKay Ave., at 9 am. Building and sculpting starts at 9 a.m. and continues for three hours. This gives competitors ample time to build, mold, scrape, moisten and mound their creative fantasies. Judging begins at noon. 

Participants compete in three categories: ages 12 and under; ages 13 and over and family. Each sand castle or sculpture creation is judged for the following attributes: design is worth 30 points; detail is worth 30 points; neatness is worth 20 points;  and technique is worth 20 points.

Once judges evaluate and choose winners, there will be an award presentation at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to stroll the local “beach museum” as a spectator and enjoy the gallery of amazing sand art. 

Past creations have included everything from giant octopi, to the Eiffel Tower, to mermaids and much more! 

Bring out your family and friends for a chance to show off your skills, or just have fun being a spectator with the community!