1. Friday's Prep, Dinner and Parade
2. Saturday's Sandcastle Contest
3. Saturday's Concert & Bonfire. Sunday's 5K Run
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My oh my! We had a beautiful, wonderful day for the 50th Anniversary of our Sandcastle Contest. The crowd was big - bigger than it has been for many years - maybe as big as ever - roughly estimated at 10,000+. Friday from 5-7pm was the Buckets & Shovels Dinner with former Blazer Jerome Kersey at the Chamber. About 125 dinners were served at $10 for Spaghetti, Chowder and Salad. The dinner was by Cranky Sue and was accompanied by a slideshow of past Sandcastle Contests and Posters presented by George Vetter. A parade followed the dinner - headed and led by Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn - an old tradition reborn. Saturday morning at 11am the sculptors began on the beach with judging around 4pm. Cars were backed up on Highway 101 for 4 miles or more at one point. At 1245pm 500 cars were parked on the beach. By 345pm there were 630. Cars had to be off the beach by 5pm as the tide rolled in. There were 50 Sandcastle plots with a record 8 Master plots. A Master Plot is a team that has won at previous or other competitions. Saturday evening's concert at the Chamber Community Hall featuring local talent was a near sellout. Paul Dueber & friends performed what Paul called a "Song Circle". Admission was $5 with kids 12 & under free. On Saturday evening at 8pm was the Bonfire with smores on the beach at the Tolovana Wayside. Then Sunday morning at 9am was the Fun Run (5K Run or Walk) downtown at the foot of Second Street. Sixty-five people participated. Kudos to the Sandcastle Committee led by Debbie Nelson (Your Cannon Beach Florist). Links to George Vetter's photos from the weekend are above. Find the date of the next event at www.Cannon-Beach.net/sandcastle.html and make your lodging reservations now.
Report and Photography by George Vetter