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World Championship Sand Sculpting Official Qualifier

Competition Location & Directions

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

Frequently Asked Questions


When are the 2017 fireworks scheduled?

The Quality Foods Festival of Lights fireworks are organized and paid for by our local grocer, Quality Foods. They will take place on Saturday, August 19 at dusk in the Parksville Community Park.
When will Art in the Park take place in 2017?
The Parksville Beach Festival Society will decide on a date in January 2017.
Do we use the beach sand?
No, we can't use the sand that's on our beach for a couple of reasons: First, competitors need sand that is very fine (2mm grain) and it must be free of seaweed, pebbles, bits of shell, etc., to prevent faults in the sculptures. Also, we're right at sea level - and tidal - so if our competitors attempted to dig 10 or 15 yards of sand out of our beach, they'd be neck-deep in water before they even start building. We import the sand from a local supplier who has washed and graded the end product.
How long do the competitors have to finish the competition?
The competitors have 30 pre-set hours over 4 days to create their masterpieces!
What are the wires sticking out of the tops of the sculptures?
The wires are inserted to keep birds from landing on the sculptures
What keeps the sculpture together?
This is a good one - we've heard some pretty funny theories about this one - cement!! (wrong), hairspray!! (wrong). The REAL answer is - AFTER (and only after) the sculptures are completed they are sprayed with a diluted mixture of environmentally-friendly white glue (like the glue kids use at school) and water. We spray each sculpture twice a day for the first week after the competition. This builds up a fine crust or coating on the sculptures, allowing them to withstand wind and rain.

In the first place, the sculptures must be constructed properly - lots of packing and pounding make them strong. Nothing but sand and water is used during the building process, and if they aren't built properly, nothing will help keep them together. Wood or plastic forms may be used to gain height, built up on the "wedding cake" principle. Forms are used during the building and pound-up stage and must be removed before the actual sculpting begins.

How much sand do the competitors get?
Each soloist has a 12x15 foot plot and gets 10 yards of sand while Doubles get a 20x20 foot plot and 15 yards of sand. And ALL the sand must be utilized in the creation of their artwork. (No hiding the excess under the carpet!!).