Sand Castle Contest Winners Announced

Courtesy ARPD    The Peralta family of Alameda celebrates their first-prize winning sand sculpture “Octopus.” The entry earned first place in the family category.

The 53rd annual Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest held June 8 on Crown Memorial Beach featured a vast array of original works in both the architectural and creative divisions. The Alameda Recreation and Parks Department, which hosts the event, reported 475 people participated with 50 sand castle entries and 64 sand sculpture entries. 

Winners were divided into age categories with the judges’ favorites being named “Best in Show” for each division. The top three entries from each category — which include the best in show entries — received ribbons for their efforts.

Best in show
The Guitierrez family of Alameda Title won top honors in the Sand Castle Division with “Castle Complex with Villages and Trees.” The Denery family of Alameda earned best of show honors with “Family of Dragons.”

Sand Castle Division
First place in the 12-and-under category went to Joja of Alameda; second went to Cub Pack 1015 of Alameda and third place went to Owen and Trevor of Alameda.

First place in the 13-and-over category went to Big Castle of Alameda; second went to the Urban Gorillas of Oakland and third place went to Jackson of Berkeley.

First place in the family category went to the Guiterrez family (Best in Show); second to the Sandy Fogg family of Concord and third place went to the Eastwood family of Alameda.

Sand Sculpture Division
First place in the 12-and-under category went to Josiah Beardsley of Oakland for “Turtle;” second place went to Matthew Beardsley of Oakland for “Mouse & Cheese” and third place went to Ronan & Raine of Alameda for “Mermaid.”

First place in the 13-and-over category went to the Deanery family of Dragons of Alameda for “Dragon;” second place went to the Magnifisand 7 of Alameda and Oakland for “Sandwitch” and third place went to Heidi Meyers of Alameda for “Bird in Hand.”

First place in the family category went to the Peralta family of Alameda for “Octupus;” second went to Boppy and the Blowfish of Alameda and Petaluma for “Happy Blowfish” and third place went to the Keiser family of Alameda for “Car.”