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Cannon Beach
Sandcastle Contest
The weather Gods were on the side of Cannon Beach for the 2010 Sandcastle Contest. This 46th annual event was a crowd pleaser right out of the gate. Thousands enjoyed a wonderful, sunny day of art in sand Saturday June 19, 2010. At 1pm, 500 cars were parked on the beach stretching from Haystack Rock north to the sculptures. Cars were still coming as others were leaving. Cars had to be off the beach by 4pm to avoid the rising tide. A BBQ at the Chamber and a concert next to it in the Park followed the sculpting. For photos click on the 2010 link above. .

Fun for the whole family

It's hard to tell whether the participants or the spectators enjoy this event more. It all begins just after the early morning high tide, and ends as the next high tide reclaims the beach. The date and times vary from year to year.

Anyone can participate. The emphasis is on fun. Contestants pre-register online as individuals or as teams by age group and are judged not only on the finished product, but also on enthusiasm and teamwork.

The rules are simple. Contestants must stay within their designated plot (20'x 20' for adults). No sand may be added or removed from the plot. Only materials natural to the beach may be used in the finished sculpture. Plots and judging are organized into divisions by age, individual or team, and building instruments, such as forms, used.

Make your lodging reservations now and plan to be on the beach early to join in the excitement. Times vary from year to year depending upon the tides. Volunteers are always welcome.

Cannon Beach
Sandcastle Contest
For photos of the community build of "Sam's Dragon" click here

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Shelly Stein Photo
Shellavision Design
Photography by George Vetter

Sandcastle Contest - Fun for the whole family

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If you are a sand castle enthusiast, visit
and the Library of Congress' story of Cannon Beach's Sandcastle Contest

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