Nearly forty sculptors from near and far worked all morning and part of the afternoon on the Davis Bay tidal flats to bring their ideas to life. Everything from spiritual influences, classic castles, sea life and land animals graced the tidal seabed in the form of sand sculptures.
“People come and don’t realize it takes a lot of work – all day,” Bob H. told The Local Weekly news reporter, “there’s some really ingenious things made, and every year it gets better and better.”
Hundreds enjoyed the creations, while volunteers ensured the contest was well organized. Nature gave lots of good wet sand for the sculptors to work with, and then the tide rushed in to cool off the crowds and reclaim the beach.
Musicians from the Creek Big Band showed off their fabulous talents at Mission Point Park stage with a selection of finger-snapping jazz tunes to keep the festive spirit ringing throughout the afternoon. The judges were challenged to pick from the myriad great entries that were announced by Sechelt mayor, John Henderson, who was helped in handing out the medals.
The winners were: 12-and-under Youth Group: First Place was won by Turtle by the Nerd Herd, Second Place was Eight Piglets by Big Pig, Third Place was Sandcastle Volcano by Badda Badda Boom, with honourable mention to Shark by Jaws.
Family category included First Place with Mermaid by The Wonderful Woods team, Second Place to Hippos by the Hippo Family, Third was Turtle and Castle by the Sandsharks, with honourable mention going to Big Dogs for Davis Bay Dog.
Group Category winners: First Place, Love Otters by the Lowe Walls, Second Place was Tarantula Spider by Green team, Third for Ocean Floor by the Nolan team. Three honourable mentions for Group included Crabs Etc, Beach Bruna and Sand Cookies.
The Fosters from England were the farthestorigin entry and Erica and Emma’s team were noted for most contests attended.