Annual Sand Sculpture Contest

A sand sculpture of a dragon.
2017 Sand Sculpture Contest: Maggie Johnston Award for Creative Excellence Winner: Adult Solo Entry #01: Dragon, by Allan Denis Naymark

Point Reyes National Seashore
invites you to the
Thirty-seventh Annual
Sand Sculpture Contest

at Drakes Beach
Sunday, August 26, 2018
from 9 am to 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 noon.
Prizes awarded at 3:30 pm.

Please note the change of date. The Annual Sand Sculpture Contest will be held on the Sunday before Labor Day weekend, as opposed to the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.

We welcome all ages at this free community event located at Drakes Beach. Categories include: Children (fourteen years of age 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.

Please be aware that parking will be extremely limited during the contest and Drakes Beach will be heavily impacted with contest participants. If possible, please carpool with friends. To avoid crowds here, please consider visiting another beach in the park.

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!

The PRNSA bookstore adjacent to the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be open from 10 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, August 25, 2018, and from 8:30 am to 5 pm, on Sunday, August 26, 2018. There will be hot and cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches, books, and gifts for sale.

Check out the sculptures from previous contests.

For more information, contact Carlo Arreglo by email or by phone at 415-464-5146.

Prizes donated by the Point Reyes National Seashore Association.

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2017 Sand Sculpture Award Results


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

Special Awards
Award Sculpture Contestants
MJ Dragon Allan Denis Naymark
PC Driftwood Xylo-phone The Christiansen Family
RP Octopus Russell Meeks

Adult/Family Group Category
Award Sculpture Contestants
1st Bay Watch Len Garriott
2nd Ace of Spades The Pucci Family
3rd Splash Eric Krussman

Adult's Individual
Award Sculpture Contestants
1st Anna's Castle Dan Baker
2nd Unity Rainbow John Sanftner
3rd Eek! Lips Laura Sanftner

Children's Individual
Award Sculpture Contestants
1st My Sand Sculpture Kaylin
2nd Turtle Eliana
3rd Drip Castle Ian

Children's Group
Award Sculpture Contestants
1st Shark Attack The Prongos brothers
2nd Driptopia Megan, Emily, and Samantha
3rd Leroy Castle Anthony and Lin

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Last updated: July 28, 2018

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