Contestants brave spitting rain to construct sand masterpieces

Published on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Braving misty rains and periodic gusts of wind, dozens of contestants and onlookers from all over Birch Bay and Blaine turned out for the 2012 Data-Link West Birch Bay Sand Castle Contest held Saturday, June 16.

Team Old Crow Sisterhood, comprising Blaine residents Jodie Shelton and Heather Peterson, took home the coveted Best of Show title with their “Unsuspecting Swimmer” sculpture. Both Peterson and Shelton have done well all three years they’ve competed in the contest, but had never achieved best  of show until this year.

“We’ve placed each year, but gosh, never like this,” Peterson said. “We’re just thrilled.”

Peterson and Shelton’s winning entry depicted a swimmer basking lazily on an inner tube while a hungry shark lines him up for a meal. Peterson said she and Shelton have always leaned toward the comedic in their choice of sculpture subject matter.

“I think the best part of doing the contest is that it gave us so much joy to make people giggle,” Peterson said. “We wanted to do something funny to make people’s day.”

Following are the other top finishers of the sandcastle contest:

Best of Show:


“Unsuspecting Swimmer” – Team Old Crow Sisterhood
First Runner Up: “Lions of Judah” – Team God Squad
Second Runner Up: “Time Machine” – Team Time Travelers

Individual Category:


First Place: “Couch” – Team A Little Bit Crazy
Second Place: “Canoe” – Team Undecided
Third Place: “Heart” – Team Beach Angels

Business Category:

First Place: “Whale in Inner Tube – Team Birch Bay Waterslides
Second Place: “Flaming Z” – Team Zion Church
Third Place: “Peace Arch” – Team Blaine Insurance

Team Category:

First Place: “Unsuspecting Swimmer” – Team Old Crow Sisterhood
Second Place: “Cheshire Cat” – Team Flying Unicorn

Third Place: “Lion of Judah” – Team God Squad