2019 Sandcastle Contest

Contest Date:  Saturday, April 27

2019 Sandcastle Contest



8 years and under (up to 3 per space)

9-12 years (up to 3 per space)

13-16 years (up to 3 per space)


Families (up to 5 per space)


Groups (up to 5 per space)


Time and Place:

Location: On the Beach, South of the Red Cross Life Saving Station
Sponsored by The Beaches Leader & Jacksonville Beach Parks, Recreation & Ocean Rescue Department


You can choose your space by pre-registering starting 4/1/2019, any weekday 8 am - 4 pm at the Jacksonville Beach Parks and Recreation Department, 2508 South Beach Parkway, Jacksonville Beach. You may also call (904) 247-6236 for more information. Spaces are reserved a first come, first served basis.


Contest time: TBD  

No advance modeling or carrying of water or sand will be allowed.

Awards & T-Shirts:

Following the judging, trophies will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place winners in each category.  All registered participants who complete sculptures will receive free Sandcastle Contest T-shirts.


· 8 and under

· 9 - 12 year olds

· 13 - 16 year olds

· Family

· Group

A maximum of three people may work on any one castle/sculpture except in the Family and Group categories, which is limited to five. All winners should stay with their sculptures after awards are presented to enable photographers to take pictures of winners and their work.

Contest Rules & Information:

Subject Matter: The theme of the project need not be limited to sand castles, but may be broadened to include any realm of the imagination.
Assistance: Assistance will be limited to oral advice and carrying water to children 8 years old and under. No physical aid in modeling shall be rendered.
Equipment: Any equipment may be used, including and buckets, shovels and tools such as packers, cutters, tamps or points (Explanation under Modeling Methods). Participants must provide their own equipment and materials.
Accessories: Accessories used in connection with the display must be limited to sea items or things native to the beach such as shells, seaweed, coconuts, etc. No man-made materials, whether visible or not, may become part of any sculpture. Sea oats are illegal to pick, and of course cannot be allowed. No paint of any kind is permitted.
Areas: Each category will have one main area marked off on the beach with each entry being assigned an area 10' x 10'. NO DIGGING IN PEDESTRIAN AISLES WILL BE ALLOWED.
Weather - Tides: Contest sponsors reserve the right to call the contest at any time due to inclement weather or rushing tides.

Modeling Methods:

There are three basic methods of modeling:
1. Flat modeling: An outline is drawn on level sand and areas are then filled in with wet sand, rounded and smoothed. This method is used in making relief maps, profile work, etc.
2. Angle method: Wet sand is piled into an angle pyramid. The outline is drawn on the slanted side of the pyramid and then sand is either cut away from the design or we sand is added to build up the design. This process is used for letters, flowers, animals and birds with long, slender legs or necks, etc.
3. Modeling in the Round: This method is most commonly used, and is suitable for the majority of subjects such as buildings, animals, airplanes, boats, etc.

The following techniques are used:
A) A mound of sand is piled up, roughly similar to the general shape of the subject,
which is then sculptured from the mound.
B) The subject is built up from the level surface, and patted and formed into shape as he modeling progresses.

Hands are the most important tools for sand modeling and are the only tools necessary for large simple subjects. Certain implements are helpful, however, when more detailed work is being done. These items include:

· Cutters: Pieces of wood which are thin, sharp and knife-like. Used for cutting, slicing and shaping.

· Tamps: Flat pieces of wood with a dowel handle, used potato-masher fashion to flatten or press down surface.

· Points: Long sticks, pointed on one end, used for fine detail work.

Many additional tools, such as wooden forks and spoons, can be improvised and used to attain various surface effects.

Man-made objects may not be part of your sculpture, whether or not they are visible in the finished exhibit. Use of said objects will disqualify your entry!

JUDGING: The basis for judging will be:
~ Difficulty of Design
~ Craftsmanship
~ Overall Appearance

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