There was plenty of fun in the sand and sun at Skaha Beach with the Rona Sandcastle Competition returning for the 35th year.
Many of the teams are already planning to come back again next year.
All the materials used for the sand sculptures were required to be environmentally friendly or easily removable. For this, some teams used elements such as sticks, leaves, and grasses. Other teams used more exotic materials, including dried pasta noodles, powdered drink mix, and licorice.
“We found a couple of golf balls in somebody’s bag, I threw my hat on top, and in the end, I gave up my cell phone to hold as a little prop,” said Scott Higgs, whose Giant Octopus claimed top prize for the Family and Friends category.
The competition was divided into four categories; Business, Family and Friends, Youth, and Kids. The kids’ teams had an hour to complete their sculptures, while all the other categories had two. After work was finished, teams were judged based on their use of the plot, the artistic content of the sculpture, and the intricacy of the build.