The 2022 Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition in Parksville is off to a roaring start, with strong attendance over a three-day period, July 15-17.  Despite the cool and wet weather, 10,886 visitors witnessed international master sculptors carving sand to the theme of “The Roaring 20s”. Competitors were allotted 30 hours to convert 255 yards of sand into astounding sculptures. Parksville Beach Festival Society awarded a total of $43,350 to sculptors Sunday evening with further prizes to be awarded at the end of the exhibition. The results of the competition are below.

Soloist Results:

1st Place: Dan Belcher (USA) Sculpture Entitled: “Spirit of Aviation

2nd Place: Guy-Olivier Deveau (Quebec); Sculpture Entitled:  “The Algorithm”

3rd Place Tie: 

Peter Vogelaar (Winlaw, BC) Sculpture Entitled: “Belle”

Damon Langlois (Victoria, BC) Sculpture Entitled:  “And All That Jazz”

5th Place:  Francisco Calvillo (Mexico); Sculpture Entitled: “The Vortex – An Extraordinary Love Story”

Doubles Results

1st Place:  Susanne Ruseler (Netherlands) & Sue McGrew (USA) Sculpture Entitled: “Un Bear a Bull”

2nd Place: Wilfred Stijger & Edith van de Wetering (Netherlands) Sculpture Entitled: “Roarrr!”

3rd Place Tie:

Brian Wigelsworth & Matt Long (USA) Sculpture Entitled: “The Cotton Club”

Fred Dobbs (Mayne Island, BC) & Ted Siebert(USA) Sculpture Entitled: “Badda Bing, Badda Boom!”

Competitors Choice Awards: (Peer selection)

Soloist:   Francisco Calvillo (Mexico) Sculpture Entitled: “The Vortex – An Extraordinary Love Story”

Doubles:  Susanne Ruseler (Netherlands) & Sue McGrew (USA) Sculpture Entitled: “Un Bear a Bull”

Sculptures will be on exhibit until Sunday, August 21 at Parksville Community Park. Gates are open from 9:30am-8:30pm daily. Entry by suggested donation of $5. Visitors may vote for their favorite sculpture resulting in the People’s Choice awards announced at the end of the exhibition.  For images and details on other Parksville Beach Festival events in the park, see

Cheryl Dill, President Beach Festival Society | Cell: 250.954.8262 |


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Master sculptors from all around the world apply to participate in Parksville’s annual competition each year.

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17 Jun 2024