by Shandan VanWinkle
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Sandcastle Contest
2009 Cannon Beach
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Thousands enjoyed a wonderful day of art in sand Saturday (6/13/09) at Cannon Beach's 45 Annual Sandcastle contest. This was the largest crowd in recent years. At 1pm, 400 cars were parked on the beach stretching from Haystack Rock north to the sculptures. Cars were still coming as others were leaving. Cars had to be off the beach at 230pm to avoid the rising tide. Click small images for enlargements. Besides the 8 images below, there is a "Postcard" page with 200 images. Be patient. It will take several minutes to load. Once open, use your arrow keys and mouse to expand and move from one image to the next. Each image has a 5 digit number. For media use or to order prints, please e-mail George .
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Fun for the whole family

It's hard to tell whether the participants or the spectators enjoy this event more. It all begins just after the early morning high tide, and ends as the next high tide reclaims the beach. The date and times vary from year to year.

Anyone can participate. The emphasis is on fun. Contestants pre-register online as individuals or as teams by age group and are judged not only on the finished product, but also on enthusiasm and teamwork.

The rules are simple. Contestants must stay within their designated plot (20'x 20' for adults). No sand may be added or removed from the plot. Only materials natural to the beach may be used in the finished sculpture. Plots and judging are organized into divisions by age, individual or team, and building instruments, such as forms, used.

Make your lodging reservations now and plan to be on the beach early to join in the excitement. Times vary from year to year depending upon the tides. Volunteers are always welcome.

Yours Truly
Shelly Stein Photo
Shellavision Design
Photography by George Vetter

Sandcastle Contest - Fun for the whole family

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