Rollback Weekend, Birch Bay Sand Sculpture Contest to return July 30-31


Birch Bay will have something for everyone during its annual sand sculpture contest and Rollback Weekend car show on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31. New this year, Rollback Weekend participants have the chance to win two Las Vegas trips.
The 39th annual Birch Bay Sand Sculpture Contest will start off the event-filled weekend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30. Sand sculpture participants can pre-register for the free contest at or register 9-11 a.m. on July 30 at the Birch Bay library property, 7968 Birch Bay Drive. In years past, sculptures have ranged from classic cars to detailed sea creatures. Sculpture judging will take place 1-3 p.m. before the 4 p.m. award ceremony at the library. Sand sculpture prizes will include a mini surfboard.
“I love the sand sculptures. There’s always creative designs,” said Danielle Gaughen, Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce executive director. “I think it will be big this year and I’m excited to see what people have in store.”
Local vendors and Friends of Birch Bay Library’s book sale will be outside of the library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live music will play at the library and Beach Cat Brewing Co. throughout the weekend.
A golf cart and bicycle poker run will go 1-3 p.m. The non-gambling, family-friendly run will take participants to six checkpoints in Birch Bay. Those with the best poker hands at the end will win a mini surfboard and prizes from local businesses. Participants can register at or start at the Birch Bay Visitor and Information Center, 4819 Alderson Road in suite 103.
An outdoor movie showing of Back to the Future will finish off the day at 9 p.m. on the library lawn. The movie is free, although a $5 donation is
Rollback Weekend is expected to bring 100 to 125 cars to its Birch Bay car show from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 31. The show will be behind The Beach and Beach Cat Brewing Co., at 7876 Birch Bay Drive.
The car show winner of the people’s choice award will receive a trip for two to Las Vegas, and anyone 21 years and over who votes for the people’s choice winner will also be entered to win a trip. The two winners will get free roundtrip flights from Bellingham to Las Vegas and three nights of free lodging. The Las Vegas prizes are courtesy of the Birch Bay chamber and WECU.
“We wanted to do something that made people go, ‘Wow,’” said Sacha Sanguinetti, Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce event coordinator. “We’ve always given away traditional prizes but our car show is a special car show in a special place, so we thought, ‘Let’s bump up the prizes.’”
Pre-registration for the car show is $10 per car or $20 per car with a shirt included. Same-day registration is $15 per car or $30 per car with a shirt included.
Vendors and activities will also be outside of the Birch Bay library property on Sunday.
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