Sand sculpting lessons are Saturday
The 14th annual SandFest, the largest master sand-sculpting contest in the U.S., begins a week in advance on Saturday, April 3, with free sand-sculpting lessons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Now a tradition in Port Aransas, SandFest, slated for Friday through Sunday, April 9 - 11, draws more than 100,000 people, will feature 20 worldclass master sculptors, three classes of competition and an average of 200 amateur entries. It is one of five U.S. qualifying contests for The World Championship Sand Sculpting competition in Federal Way, Wash.
Festivities begin on Lesson Mountain, with free sand sculpting lessons on the beach, between Sandcastle Drive and Beach Access Road 1A, about one mile south of Horace Caldwell Pier. Look for the “mountain” of sand.
Lesson Mountain is a public event where anyone with the desire to participate may learn the art of sand sculpting. All they need to do is show up on the beach with a few tools, ready to learn and get sandy. Sculptors of all ages are invited.
Steve Zarych and Chip Cooper, along with other volunteers, will teach novices the tricks and secrets of the trade.
Participants should bring their own tools from home. Almost anything can be used: Straws, trowels, spatulas, small shovels or spades, chopsticks, spoons and, of course, buckets. Buckets are provided, but may be brought from home as well.
SandFest is a family event with plenty of activities for children, vendors of food and merchandise and free live music throughout. Drawings for prizes and bidding at a silent auction will begin on Friday, April 9, and the demo sculpture will be completed. SandFest souvenir shops, vendor and food booths and the youth tent, full of activities for kids, will also be open then.
Accommodations for the handicapped will be in place, including golf carts with drivers available at no charge.
The four divisions of entries include youth, amateur, duo masters and solo masters.
To avoid standing in line, entry forms can be found at www.TexasSandFest. com. Entry fees are listed on the Web forms.
Proceeds from SandFest will benefit the Port Aransas Community Theatre, the Art Center for the Islands, and the Port Aransas Food Pantry.
Live bands are scheduled to perform throughout the event at the entertainment tent.
The SandFest photo competition has adult and youth divisions, with prizes for both, so don’t forget your camera.
A complete guide to SandFest will be inserted in local editions of the Thursday, April 8, issue of the South Jetty.
The guide will also be available onsite during the event.
Information may also be found www. TexasSandFest.com.