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Annual Sand Sculpture Contest

2013 Sand Sculpture Contest: Adult/Family Group 1st Place Winner: Entry #12: King Darius, by Falipa Simpson and Lila Scott
2013 Sand Sculpture Contest 1st Place Winner: Adult/Family Group Entry #12: King Darius, by Falipa Simpson and Lila Scott
 

Point Reyes National Seashore
invites you to the

33rd Annual
Sand Sculpture Contest

at Drakes Beach

Sunday, August 31, 2014
(the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend)

9 am–3:30 pm.

Prizes awarded in each of several age and group catagories.
Free to participants and spectators.

Registration begins at 9 am at the Ken Patrick Visitor Center.
Judging begins at 12 pm.
Prizes awarded at 3:30 pm.

We welcome all ages at this free community event located at Drakes Beach. Categories include: Children (14 and under), Families, Adult Individuals, and Adult Groups. Three prizes will be awarded in each of those categories, along with prizes for the sculpture with the most recycled plastic included.

This event is family based, but please remember no dogs are allowed on this designated swimming beach (no lifeguard on duty).

Bring a picnic and spend the day!

Check out the sculptures from previous contests.

For more information, call 415-464-5140.

Prizes donated by the Point Reyes National Seashore Association.

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2013 Sand Sculpture Award Results

Key:
HM = Honorable Mention
PC = People's Choice Awards
RP = Best Use Of Recycled Plastic
MJ = Maggie Johnston Award for Creative Excellence

Children’s Group Category
Award Sculpture Contestants
1st King Darius Falipa Simpson and Lila Scott
2nd The King's Boo-Boo Kane family
3rd Rim Fire Delaware Street
HM Lalibella Chris Labonte
HM Sand Dollar Slots Csilla Kato
HM Big Fish Gutierrez family
PC Bear on the Beach Kingdon family
RP Recycle, I Can David Brown family
MJ Live Shakin' Twomey family

Adult's Individual
Award Sculpture Contestants
1st Octopi Myron Miller
2nd Sun Bathers Ronnie Sharpe

Children's Individual
Award Sculpture Contestants
1st Memory in the Sand Yasmeen
2nd R2-D2 Sam
3rd Spider Daniel
HM A Pod of Dolphins Amelia

Children's Group
Award Sculpture Contestants
1st Fluffy Nicki and Friends
2nd Turtle Beach The Battles
3rd Sandy The Cat Hannah and Friends
HM The Golden State Sammie

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Did You Know?

Harbor Seal Pup, © Sue Van Der Wal

Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) are present in the waters of Point Reyes year round. Every spring, approximately 7,000 harbor seals, or 20% of the mainland California breeding population, haul out on the beaches of Point Reyes. Look for them in the esteros and in Tomales Bay and Bolinas Lagoon. More...