Get ready to dig in. It’s amazing how with a little imagination the beach at Birch Bay transforms into a series of sand castles and sand sculptures. Be creative and build sand sculptures such as geometric freeforms, sea turtles, alligators, mermaids, mythical castles, or your favorite pet.

This two-day event features music, vendors, and of course, sandcastles! Registration is free and open to families, businesses, community organizations or competitive teams.

Sand Sculpture Competition Details

2019 Sand Sculpture Competition RESULTS

Saturday, July 20th Winners:

Little Kids Division (Kids under 8 years old)

1st Place – Team Bananas, Captian Ella Van Holfwegen (Make believe Island called Hatuka)

2nd Place – Team Castle Builders, Captian Paxton

3rd Place – Team Rocket – Captian Evan (Bey Blade)

Tweens (Ages 9-14)

1st Place – Octabuck, Captain Emma Riemer (“Thanks A Latte – Octopus arm holding a Starbucks cup)

2nd Place – Luna the Hippo – Captain Lea Artiguenava

3rd Place – Team USA, Captain Taryn Walters (Equal justice honoring the girls of the US Soccer team – “Dream Big – Equal Play for Equal Pay!”)

High School (Ages 15-18)

1st  Place – Team Castle of Dreams, Captain Ryan (Something you would see in your dreams – a castle on top of a turtle shell with rocks balanced on top)

2nd Place – Team Ocean, Captain Maya Daniels (Turtle, octopus and shark with shells for teeth) 

Big Kids (Ages 19 – 100)

1st Place – Team Octopussy, Captain Alli Willis (A huge Octopus) 

2nd Place – Team Tidal Defense, Captain Rick Tippe (Pirate Ship Wreck)

3rd Place – Team Dino MD, Captain Meagan (Dinosaurs)

Sunday, July 21st Winners:

Family Division:

1st Place – Team Hustle Muscle, Captain Katie

A Pirate Ship being attacked by an octopus, with a treasure chest filled with treasured words on painted rocks. Team members were dressed in pirate costumes and were playing pirate music.

2nd Place – Team Gogal Family, Captain Trynka

The Eagle has Landed – A beautiful eagle on its back with wings spread in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the USA moon landing.

3rd Place – Team Tess, Captain Kaitlyn

Hank the Hoarder, a shell hoarding octopus. Three generations worked together on this sand sculpture.

Community Division:

1st Place – Team Insandity, Captain Veronica

Castle & Dragons – A dragon complete with teeth and scales surrounding castles that are being destroyed by the squeeze of his tail.

2nd Place – Team Mavericks, Captain Penny

Fun in the Sun – Iguanas have fun in the sun just like the team that was building him.

3rd Place – Sand Apocalypse, Captain Bryan Bell

Battle at Sea – 2 Ships at battle firing flowers from their cannons.



2020 Sand Sculpture Competition Dates and Times

Saturday, July 18th & Sunday, July 19th

Times & Details TBA

2020 Registration and Divisions

Pre-registration is now closed. Pre-registration will open in May 2020

Registration is FREE.



  • High School 
  • Tweens 9-14
  • Kids under 8
  • Adults


  • Family
  • Community Groups
2020 Sand Sculpture Competition Official Rules
  • Plots are up to 20’x20′. work must be confined to this area.
  • Plot must be clearly marked with colored stake designation division. (Stake will be given at check in)
  • Extra water to wet sand is OK
  • Tools or forms of any sort may be used in the process of construction, but may not support the structure.
  • Decorations such as flags, kites, figurines, ornaments natural to design, may be used, but may not support structure.
  • You must clean your area! Only biodegradable and earth friendly materials are allowed to be left on the beach.
  • Children’s categories: One Adult may assist with initial digging, not with actual building.
  • The main thing is to have fun and enjoy the day in Birch Bay!
  • After judging stake must be turned in and area cleaned up to receive any awards earned


We look forward to receiving any video clips or photos taken at our event. Please send them to


Photos by Wayne Diaz