Birch Bay to host 30th annual sandcastle contest

Published on Wed, Jun 19, 2013
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It’s time to dig out your pail and shovel and head to the beach. 

The 30th annual Birch Bay Sand Sculpture Contest, sponsored by Data-Link West, Inc., will be held on June 22 on the beach front between the Birch Bay Visitor Center and Shores Restaurant. 

A family-friendly event, registration will begin at 9 a.m. and is open to all ages. There is no cost to participate. 

“The weather is supposed to be better this year,” said Marty Stauffer, chairperson for the sculpture contest. “It’s definitely going to be a blast.” 

Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in each category, and the only limit to what you can build is your imagination and the strength of the sand.  

Past sculptures have ranged from the classic sandcastle designs to intricate sea creatures, caricatured people and dragons. 

“We’ve also added a new category this year for youth 12 and under,” said Stauffer. “We always have a lot of kids who put their heart and soul into their creations, but they aren’t quite the same caliber of construction as what the adults are doing. So, we created a category just for them.”

Other categories are open to individuals, family and groups and businesses. 

Last year’s “best in show” winner Heather Peterson said she was looking to the Far Side comic strip for inspiration this year. “I enjoy sculpting and sand is just another medium,” she said. “But it has to make me laugh. It has to be funny for me to enjoy it.”

The chamber encourages participants to visit the event’s facebook page at and upload their photos from the event.

For more information, call 360/371-5004 or visit