The amateur challenge runs from July 25 – 27 and the family/community challenge is being held on August 2.

As for the amateur challenge, Sand Sensation B.C. will provide contestants with wood to secure the pound up, both sand and water for the formations, a 10×10 working plot for up to 5 teams and a competition environment.

Sand Sensations B.C. is asking potential participants to bring with them their own carving tools, props and sculpture décor (shovel, buckets, spoons, butter knives, straws) and $5.00 per team for the entrance fee.

You’re also required to provide a signed release of liability agreement, waiver of claims, assumption and risk agreement, photo permission to use / release and registration form.

All of these documents are provided for signing before the beginning of the competition.

You’re also asked to bring your own protective sun lotions and basic food and beverage needs, although venders will be available on site.

The pound up portion runs on Friday, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 pm, while the creation of your project will be held Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and again Sunday, 10:00 am – 3:00 p.m.

Judging for this portion of the competition is based on (1) visual impact (2) use of sand (3) creativity (4) theme relevance.

The family/community challenge covers basically the same criteria as the amateur challenge, but with its own little twists.

Participants are provided with a 10×10 working plot for up to 10 competitors, a sand bucket and small hand tool kit, a bottle of water per person and an opportunity for families to work together for a common outcome.

Judging criteria for the family/community challenge consist of (1) teamwork (2) enthusiasm (3) creativity (4) theme relevance.

Every participant, regardless of the challenge, has access to a ‘tips and tricks’ workshop hosted by professional sculptors, professional sculptor’s opinion and assistance as required, vendors on site at the park, camping at Peace Island Park, although families and teams are responsible to book and pay for their site, along with washroom facilities provided by the park.

The professional exhibition will run July 28 – August 3, with 5 international carvers building a world of creative works to the theme of, you guessed it, ‘Cowboy Country’.

These pro carvers include David Ducharme and Peter Vogelaar of B.C., Dan Belcher of the U.S., Susanne Ruseler Utrecht form the Netherlands, Ilya Filimontsev from Russia.  

Registrations forms for the amateur challenge can be found here and the family/community challenge forms are found here