2017-04-20 / Island Life

It’s on!

Sun, fun, live music, shopping, rides, more slated to begin Friday


The tribute and centerpiece sand sculptures take shape on the grounds of SandFest on the beach in Port Aransas, as viewed from a drone passing over the site. 
Photo by Grayson Armstrong The tribute and centerpiece sand sculptures take shape on the grounds of SandFest on the beach in Port Aransas, as viewed from a drone passing over the site. Photo by Grayson Armstrong SandFest is not only about sand sculpting.

It is a family-friendly festival with many varied activities, something to appeal to every member of the family.

The vendor area will be filled with 91 different sellers of all manner of food, beverages and merchandise.

See the site map on pages 30 and 31 of the free South Jetty SandFest Guide in this issue of the South Jetty for the listing and locations of the various vendors.

Live music will be presented in the entertainment tent all three days of the festival. Organizers have scheduled artists from a variety of genres for many musical tastes.

Music begins in the Entertainment Tent on Friday at noon when Selfie, a popular Port Aransas band, takes the stage.

The Buffalo Trio will entertain from 2 to 4 p.m.

Charley Crockett will close out the day’s entertainment from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Austin entertainer will bring his brand of blues to the SandFest stage.

Music will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the Port of No Return. The band of Port Aransas High School students will bring alternative, punk and rock and roll music to the SandFest stage.

John Cortez, a Texas blues, power rock band from Corpus Christi will take the stage from noon until 2 p.m.

Country singer and songwriter Mark McKinney will perform from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Eric Tessmer, a singer songwriter from Austin, is a guitarist who plays his own brand of “blues-rock-soul-chedelic” will close out the Saturday line-up from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The musical entertainment continues Sunday, starting at 10 a.m. with Billy Snipes, the “Reggae Island Cowboy.” He will play until 11:30 a.m.

The band Flat Broke will take the stage from noon until 2 p.m.

Abbi Walker, a Texas musician who sings Texas country and Southern rock, is back again this year and will entertain from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The band Something Silky of Corpus Christi will conclude the SandFest musical entertainment from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Organizers have brought in entertainment for kids of all ages.

In addition to the Hippo, the 40-foot tall, 120-foot long inflatable slide that made its appearance for the first time at last year’s SandFest, a bungee trampoline has been added to the fun.

The four-in-one bungee trampoline will allow riders to go as high as 25 feet in the air, while doing flips or whatever they want, according to All-Around Amusements, the Dallas firm that also provides the Hippo.

The bungee trampoline rides are $7 each. Hippo rides are $3 for one ride, $5 for two rides and $10 for five rides.

The Hippo and the bungee trampoline will be located near the amateur area on the south side of the festival site.

Texas SandFest is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to give back to the community.

In 2016 the organization gave $132,000 in festival proceeds to area non-profit organizations and scholarships to graduating Port Aransas High School seniors.

The SandFest organization has given back more than $385,000 over the past five years.

One of the fundraising methods to support the mission is a golf cart raffle.

Tickets are available for a chance to win a custom 2016 E-Z-GO Express L6 golf cart, with proceeds going to the Texas SandFest organization.

Tickets are $50 each, and only 500 tickets will be sold. Remaining tickets may be purchased during SandFest.

The drawing will be held at SandFest on Sunday, April 23, between 3 and 5 p.m. The winner does not have to be present.

Enjoy all the activities that SandFest has to offer and make plans to attend next year, for Texas SandFest 2018 slated for April 27 through 29.

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