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SandFest kicks off Friday; here’s some do’s and don’ts for guests
Folks were getting free sand sculpting instruction at Lesson Mountain on the beach in Port Aransas on Saturday, April 2. It was one of the preliminary events leading up to SandFest, which will take place from Friday to Sunday, April 8 to 10. Creating an octopus in the foreground are, from left, Lena Rodriguez of San Antonio, Lisa Owens of Spring Branch and Alexander Rodriguez of San Antonio. Staff photo by Dan Parker

Folks were getting free sand sculpting instruction at Lesson Mountain on the beach in Port Aransas on Saturday, April 2. It was one of the preliminary events leading up to SandFest, which will take place from Friday to Sunday, April 8 to 10. Creating an octopus in the foreground are, from left, Lena Rodriguez of San Antonio, Lisa Owens of Spring Branch and Alexander Rodriguez of San Antonio. Staff photo by Dan Parker

Texas SandFest organizers have some rules and tips for guests to help ensure their maximum enjoyment at the outdoor event.

Not allowed

Items not permitted on the festival grounds are as follows:

• No ice chests or coolers will be allowed past the gates. Food and beverages will be sold at the numerous vendor booths inside the site.

• No outside alcoholic beverages. Glass is not allowed on the beach per city ordinance.

• Only official SandFest event staff golf carts with special permits are allowed inside the festival. Free golf cart tours of the master sculptor area will be available for individuals with accessibility needs. The tours will begin at the First Aid Tent, located at the north entrance.

• No skateboards or bicycles are allowed inside the grounds.

• Pop-up tents and shelters are not allowed. There are areas for folks to get out of the sun – the Food Court tent, Music Tent and Beer Tent are shaded.

• No drones or other remote flying devices are allowed to fly over the site.

Allowed

Some items are allowed inside the gates:

• Portable chairs may be brought inside the gates. However, they may not block foot traffic.

• Strollers and wagons.

• Personal umbrellas (not beach umbrellas.)

• Water may be brought inside the gates. Water also will be sold at all the SandFest beer stations.

• For handicapped folks, motorized disability scooters are allowed inside the grounds.

• Wheelchairs. Beach wheelchairs will be available for check-out at the First Aid Tent, located near the north gate of the site. Availability is limited to one hour, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

• Friendly, well-behaved dogs on leashes are allowed into the festival site. City of Port Aransas ordinances require that dogs be on leashes at all times on the city beach and that owners must pick up and dispose of all pet waste. SandFest organizers will have pet waste disposal bags available around the festival site. Organizers also caution that pet owners should bring water for their dogs, as they can get dehydrated quickly in the hot sun on the beach. Owners are cautioned to keep their eyes on their pets at all times to avoid fights with other dogs, and to avoid incidents with children who might not ask permission before petting a dog.

Any accidents or injuries caused by a pet will be the sole responsibility of the pet’s owner, SandFest organizers say.

Texas SandFest organizers reserve the right to have dogs/ pets removed from the festival grounds when requested.

The festival will take place, rain or shine, organizers say. No refunds will be given due to inclement weather.

For more information about SandFest, see the SandFest guide in this week’s issue of the South Jetty newspaper.

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