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The event is being put on by the Fort St. John Arts Council, in partnership with the District of Taylor.

Four professional sand sculptors will be competing in the event; David Ducharme and Peter Vogelaar of B.C., Ilya Filimontsev representing Russia, and USA’s Ray Villefane, each will be required to carve six large artworks from the provided sand.

Organizer Joceyln Eisert, says the hype is starting to build around an event people have never seen before.

“People are very excited about this event. It is the first time many people will get to see sand carving at this professional level.”

Eisert adds that the campsite is the perfect location for this event with all the camping and picnic facilities available.

The event will also be an educational one for spectators, as the expert competitors will also be providing instructions on how people can take their sand castle construction to the next level.

Jesse Forester, operations manager of Sand Sensations B.C., says the event was fortunate to find the right kind of sand in the Peace Region.

“Finding the right kind of sand and mix in Taylor was a bonus. Nels Ostero Sand and Gravel is donating an enormous amount of sand for this event.”

The sculptures will be on display at the campground days after the competition, as a light glue substance will be sprayed on them upon completion to preserve the pieces of art for many days.

The event is family friendly and everyone in attendance is encouraged to bring building tools of their own to build their own sandy creations in the sand piles designated for spectators.

The building will be taking place all day from July 26-31, with construction beginning at 9 a.m. and wrapping up at 9 p.m.

Anyone interested in encouraged to attend the free of charge event.

For more information, please contact Joselyn Eisert at 250-793-0272 or email info@fsjarts.org.  

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