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Sorry, but no dogs are allowed into the sand sculpting site

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The Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting
Competition & Exhibition 2016

(Proudly organized by the Parksville Beach Festival Society)
Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
July 15-August 21, 2016

There is plenty to experience Summer 2016 in Parksville, BC!

The Parksville Beach Festival Society's Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition will take place at the Parksville Community Park on July 15-17, 2016 with the Exhibition open until August 21, 2016. Sculptors prepare their sculpting bases on Thursday, July 14, but the competition isn't open to the public until the following day at 2 pm, when the public can witness the architecture and creativity emerge from the sand! The official opening begins at 2pm Friday July 15 with the ribbon cutting just outside the sculpting zone gates. The gate will remain open until 9pm throughout the exhibition (until August 21). Hours will be 9am-9pm daily. Admission is by suggested donation of $3.00 per person. Due to liability issues and potential damage to the sculptures, dogs must stay outside of the sculpting zone.

The Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition has been designated as "Official Qualifier" for the World Championships of Sand Sculpting. According to the Executive Director of the World's event, this designation was awarded based on our dedication to the enhancement of sand sculpting art through quality and professionalism. This will guarantee our First Place solo winner an automatic placement in The World Championships of Sand Sculpting. Airfare, hotel, and accommodations and an appearance and completion stipend will be included. The 2nd & 3rd Place winners will have their names in a pool to be drawn upon as space permits.

Quality Foods Lunch with the Castles:

Starting in May, book your seniors group for lunch at the beach, alongside the sand sculptures. Contact info@parksvillebeachfest.ca for more information. The price includes a healthy lunch and tour of the beautiful sculptures. Minimum 10 people per booking.

Volunteer Groups:

Some of the money raised at the gate will go to the local community volunteer groups staffing the Sculpting Zone gate. These volunteers groups use the funds for various projects benefitting our communities.

Visitors:

In 2015 we welcomed over 104,000 visitors to the Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition.

Other Things to Do / Events happening during the Beach Festival:

  • Summer By the Sea Street Market on Craig Street
    Tuesdays from June until August; 6:30-9:30pm

  • Beach Blanket Bingo
    Sunday August 7

  • Art in the Park
    Saturday August 20

  • Kite Festival
    Sat, July 16 and Sun, July 17, 2016; 9am-5pm

  • VanIsle Show and Shine Car Show
    Sun, July 31
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  • Quality Foods Festival of Lights Fire Works
    Saturday, August 13, 2016 at dusk in the Parksville Community Park. The fireworks are set to music.

  • Quality Foods Children's Sandcastle Competition & KidFest
    Sun, August 14, 2016; 9am-3pm
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