Annual Sand Sculpture Contest

A sand sculpture of an alligator's head, surrounded by seaweed.
2018 Sand Sculpture Contest: People's Choice Award Winner: Adult Group/Family Entry #7: Later Alligator, by Samantha Garriott.

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

at Drakes Beach
Sunday, August 25, 2019
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. For 2019, the Annual Sand Sculpture Contest will be held on the Sunday before Labor Day weekend, as opposed to the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. (Prior to 2017, the contest was held on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. In 2017, 2018, and 2019, the contest was/will be held on the Sunday before Labor Day weekend. For 2020, the Sand Sculpture contest will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2020.)

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. Only materials found on Drakes Beach may be incorporated into the structure. Do not pick plants or pull rocks or gravel from the cliffs. Build above the high tide line and away from the cliffs for your safety.

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 24, 2019, and from 8:30 am to 5 pm, on Sunday, August 25, 2019. 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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2018 Sand Sculpture Award Results


PC = People's Choice Awards
MJ = Maggie Johnston Award for Creative Excellence

Adult/Family Group Category

Award Sculpture Contestant(s)
1st The Train Gang Brandii Magliulo
2nd Sandman Emily Munch
3rd Bella Arena Sailboat Susie Woodrum
PC Later Alligator Samantha Garriott
MJ Beach Whirlpool The Christiansen Family

Adults' Individual Category

Award Sculpture Contestant(s)
1st Snake Matthew Peters
2nd Dollars of Sand Lauren Jansen
3rd See Shore Olivier Jansen

Children's Individual Category

Award Sculpture Contestant(s)
1st Sick Turtle A child from the Kato family
2nd Ursula the Sea Hag A child from the Kato family

Children's Group Category

Award Sculpture Contestant(s)
1st Crabby Pants The Semorile Children
2nd Dat Patra
3rd Octopus Aleena, Ezra, and Iris

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Last updated: April 4, 2019

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