Those looking for a fun way to spend their weekend will want to grab a shovel and a bucket and head to Birch Bay for the annual Sandcastle contest and a live music benefit concert later that evening.
The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its annual Sandcastle contest for 9 a.m., Saturday, June 26, at the Birch Bay waterfront from the Birch Bay Visitor Center to The Shores Restaurant. The event will take place rain or shine. Registration at the visitor information center starts at 9 a.m. and judging begins at noon. Event organizer Marty Stauffer said participants in this year’s event can expect simplified categories and more prizes. Categories include: Family, group, use of beach materials, youth, and best castle. A grand prize will also be awarded to the Best of the Beach.
“The main idea this year is to send as many people home with something as possible,” he said. Prizes include a gift certificate to many of Homestead’s businesses, children’s toys donated by Sterling Savings Bank and beach-themed gift baskets by Holly Snow of Scentsy.
Foodstock benefit concert
Later that day, Bay Cafe in Birch Bay will host Foodstock, a musical concert benefiting the Grey Muzzle Organization and the Whatcom and Alternative Humane societies as well as all animals rescued from the Sumas bestiality farm.
Former Ministry guitar player and current RevCo vocalist Josh Bradford will debut his side music project, Simple Shelter, with his second album “All is One.”
The event is scheduled from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 26 at Funland Theater at 7072 Kickerville Road, between Bay and Grandview roads and will also feature artists James Higgins and the Muddy Boots Band, Erupt Again, 47th Parallel, All of the Olives, Hustle City and The Real Tactics.
Suggested donation is $5 and will include a raffle for door prizes including a two night stay at Legacy Vacation Rentals in Birch Bay. Donations of pet food cannot be accepted as the Whatcom County Humane Society advises switching a pet’s food can be upsetting to the animal. Donations will be used by the shelter to buy food for the animals. Children are welcome until 9 p.m.