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Sand Sculpture Contest Celebrates 30 Years
Sand Sculpture Contest Celebrates 30 Years

It is that time of year to be at the beach with the sand between your toes, the waves crashing on the shore, SPF 30 at the ready, and an elephant sharing your sunshine – wait that only happens at the Sand Sculpture Contest!

Every year residents and visitors to the area have enjoyed building art from the sand at the Sand Sculpture Contest.  This year will mark the 30th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest held on Saturday, June 25 at the Grand Haven City Beach from 9am-12pm. 

Sand Sculpture Coordinator Courtney Olson encourages families, friends, individuals, and co-workers to show off their sand-sculpting skills competing for the top prize in six different categorical breakdowns.  “Sand Sculpture Contest is a great event – there’s sand, sun, water, family, friends, and competition for those who enjoy it.  Even if you aren’t the competitive type, it still is fun to create something from the sand with your friends or just watch elephants, cars, flying pigs, and other items appear along the shoreline,” Olson stated.  “Families and teams have made Sand Sculpture Contest a tradition, coming back year after year.  The memories that have been made at this event are endless.”  

The 30th Anniversary of the Sand Sculpture Contest will not go unnoticed.  A slogan contest was held in April, where residents were asked to come up with a slogan representing Sand Sculpture Contest.  Kit Silvis, of Grand Haven, slogan was chosen “Come Share Our Sandbox!” and will be printed on the event’s t-shirts.  “I saw the ad in the Tribune the last week of the contest and thought it would be fun to enter,” Silvis explained of the slogan, and so she did.  When asked how she came up with the slogan, “I knew I wanted to come up with something based on an invitation to the Sand Sculpture Contest.  At the same time I was thinking about the fact of finding a new sandbox for our 3 grandchildren and the two ideas came together!”  Silvis, who will receive a free event t-shirt, plans to purchase 3 youth-sized t-shirts for her grandkids and take a picture of them in their new sandbox, when the event t-shirts become available at the Chamber office.  “We enjoy walking the beach after the Contest, over the past years it really has become an involved art with all the techniques used,” Silvis commented. 

Applications can be obtained from the Chamber office located at 1 South Harbor Drive, www.grandhavenchamber.org, or by emailing colson@grandhavenchamber.org.  They are due by June 10th to guarantee event t-shirts; however day-of registration is also an option.   Registration begins at 9am at the information tent on City Beach the morning of June 25th.  Participates are given a two hour time block from 10am-12pm to sculpt the sand without any artificial supports.  Judges will consider theme, originality and difficulty, and first through third places will be awarded medals in each category shortly after the scores have been tallied.  Spectators will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award.  Thank you to our sponsors:  Chemical Bank, Pfaff Pharmacy, Plante & Moran, Apparel Sales Company, Grand Haven Tribune, and Panera Bread.