By Steve Guntli
High school students can sculpt their way to a college scholarship at this weekend’s sand sculpture competition in Birch Bay.
The competition is entering its 32nd year in Birch Bay, and this year’s event is bigger than ever, spread out over two days and offering bigger and better prizes than in previous years.
The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce is offering up nearly $5,000 in scholarship money for the best sand sculptures from high school students. Students from throughout the state are invited to participate in four-person teams to show their school spirit and celebrate their communities. The high school division will compete on Saturday, July 18.
The judging criteria for the sculptures are on a 40-point scale, but students who use a theme of school spirit have a chance to earn an extra 10 points.
First place for the high school division is a $2,400 scholarship. Second place is worth $1,600 and third place is worth $800.
Families and children will also compete in their own divisions on July 18. Families can win trophies for first, second and third-place finishers, and children 12 and under will receive gift bags from local businesses for their winning sand creations. On July 19, the master, business and individual divisions compete for cash, trophies and prizes. Winners of the master division can earn up to $1,200 for first place, $700 for second place or $500 for third place.
Aspiring filmmakers will also have an opportunity to win some cash. The chamber is offering up a $500 prize to the person who makes the best three-minute YouTube video of the event. The winner of the YouTube contest will be announced on August 8. The winning entry will be judged both on content and the number of hits the video receives.
For information on rules, entry fees and registration, visit birchbaychamber.com.