SandFest amateur contest sign-ups continue online through April 15

Folks wanting to sign up to compete in the amateur competition at the 2024 edition of Texas SandFest need to do so by Monday, April 15.

The annual event is set for Friday through Sunday, April 19 through 21, on the beach in Port Aransas.

The one-day amateur division competitions will take place on Saturday, April 20.

Two-day open competitions for solo and team competitors will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20.

Registration is online only. Only 75 plots will be available for competitors.

Register for all amateur divisions online at Click on the “Sculptors” tab, then click on “Register for the Amateur Competition.”

Solo age groups include guppy, age 6 and under; youth, ages 7 to 12; teen, ages 13 to 17 and adult age 18 and over.

The team competition is limited to six members per team.

Team age groups include youth, ages 7 to 12; teen, ages 13 to 17; and adult age 18 and over; and family teams of up to six members with only two adult team members allowed.

The registration fees range from $5 to $125, depending on ages and competition categories, solo or team. The registration fee includes a wristband for each competitor for entry into the festival. Extra wristbands may be purchased for parents and non-competitors.

On Saturday, guppies and youth will compete from 9 a.m. to noon, and teens and adults will compete from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Those competing in the twoday competition will sculpt on Friday from noon to 5:30 p.m. and then on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Competitors may check in early on Friday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Volunteer Tent at the south entrance to SandFest.

On Saturday, check-in is from 7:30 to 8:20 a.m. at the south SandFest entrance.

All work must be done in each competitor’s or team’s designated plot, and only registered sculptors are allowed inside the plots.

Complete contest rules can be found on the SandFest website.

The sculptures will be judged on originality and imagination, degree of technical difficulty and artistic merit.

Winners will be announced at approximately 5 p.m. Saturday in the Entertainment Tent.

Guppy and youth competitors will have awards announced 15 minutes after the competition completion in the guppy and youth area.

Texas SandFest will take place rain or shine, organizers say.

No refunds will be given because of inclement weather.

For more information, go to the SandFest website, or contact the coordinator at

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