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Sand and Sawdust Festival this weekend in Ocean Shores

By The North Coast News

This weekend, Ocean Shores will once again bring together two defining characteristics of Grays Harbor — the beach and the trees — with the Five Star Dealerships Sand and Sawdust Festival running June 27 through 30.

This year there is a concerted effort to better involve the downtown business community, with some of the businesses sponsoring sand sculptures outside of their locations. This year, there will be one at the Canterbury Inn, one at Playtime Family Fun Center, and two at the Ocean Shores Convention Center.

Another change coming up will be a competition on Sunday among master-level entrants who will do a quick-carve sand sculpture on request from the audience using one bucket of sand. There also will be a children’s quick-carve competition, too, to build sand castles.


Sand sculpting lessons: Free sand sculpting lessons will be conducted by Bert Adams Friday on the Beach from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and noon Sunday at the Convention Center Sand Pit.

Group sand sculpting competition: The team sand sculpting competition will take place Saturday, beginning with check-in and plot assignment from 7 to 9 a.m. The contest will run from 9 a.m. until final judging at 3:30 p.m. Contestants must register Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Convention Center or Saturday before 9 a.m. at the beach.

Individual sand sculpting competition: Individual sand sculpting competitions will take place from 10 a.m. Friday through noon Sunday. Spectators will be able to vote for the winning sculptor.

Children’s quick sand castle competition: The children’s competition will take place 1 p.m. Sunday at the Convention Center Sand Pit. Registration will take place on site, and prizes will be awarded to the top three.

Chainsaw sculpting: Master chainsaw carvers will demonstrate their skills throughout the festival and compete for prizes and awards from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

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