The 10 Coolest Sandcastle Competitions In The World


4. Sand Castle Competition at Havre-Aubert

-Magdalen Islands, Quebec, Canada
Havre-Aubert is a tiny sandbar located in the archipelago of the Magdalen Islands, in the Gulf of St Lawrence. The area’s communities are artisans who enjoy participating in the long held summer tradition of building sand castles. The shoreline on Havre-Aubert runs for an impressive 12 kilometers and is characterized by the beautiful golden color of the sand, a fine grain variety caused from erosion of the red sandstone cliffs. This makes it ideal for sand sculpting so it’s no surprise there is a world famous competition held here.

Here you will find the ‘World’s Biggest Sand Castle Contest’ or the Concours de Châteaux de Sable. This competition has been running for over 25 years and is strictly for sand castles, so don’t expect to find any Disney characters or dinosaurs here. Over 500 builders now participate in this event and they have only one day to build their amazingly complex and beautiful castles. There are prizes for the best in the adult category, family, freestyle and even animation. If you want to be blown away by the humble sand castle, this is the place to go. When visiting this competition, give yourself at least three hours to walk along the shore and admire the works of art created.

3. Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition

-Siesta Key, Florida, USA
The Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition, founded in 2010, has fast become a favorite for professional sand sculptors and visitors alike with over 35,000 attendees each year. Named as one of Americas top beaches, the beauty of the pristine white sand makes it the perfect location for this competition and showcases the complex designs created. Each year proceeds are donated to the Mote Marine Laboratory’s sea turtle research and conservation programs and attendees are able to visit the turtles during the competition.

During the four day event, sculptors have 24 hours to create amazing sand sculptures and create an outdoor sand art gallery. Some creations are over ten feet high and use tonnes of sand to finish the masterpiece. In previous years, the Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition featured many international teams including Canada, the Czech Republic, Italy, Mexico, Philippines and the United Kingdom, along with multiple U.S. states. There is also an annual Quick Sand competition where two sculptors compete against each other to complete a sand sculpture in only 10 minutes. The audience chooses the sculptor by applauding the loudest and it’s a great way to see how quickly a complex sculpture can be created.

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