Media Release - August 19, 2019

Final Results & Data: Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition

Reported August 19, 2019 9am

Destruction of the sand sculptures at Parksville Community Beach on Monday, August 19 will be faster than the time it took to create those masterpieces. Seeing the sculptures come down is bittersweet for the Parksville Beach Festival volunteers, but they have much to celebrate, thanks to another strong summer of events. Gate ambassadors for the 2019 Quality Foods Sand Sculpting exhibition featuring "Myths and Legends" carefully recorded 115,188 visitors over the 5-week period. Despite being slightly under the 2018 total (9% difference), event organizers recognize the attendance results as very strong. "Our research shows that tourism in general for Vancouver Island is trending slightly downward", commented Cheryl Dill, President, Parksville Beach Festival Society. "We are pleased with the positive feedback about the quality of the sculpting from local residents, visitors at the gate and through social media." says Dill. Additional events included the very popular Tim Horton's Summer Concert Series, weekday buskers, Canadian Tire Sculpt Like the Pros sculpting lessons, a weekend artisan market and the Coast Capital Savings sculpture light-up, which complimented the Quality Foods Festival of Lights.

Over the past 5 weeks, visitors had the opportunity to select their favorite sculptures. Over 100,000 votes were recorded. The artists behind the two most popular sculptures will be presented with The People's Choice awards. "These are highly coveted awards amongst the master sculptors in our competition," commented Dill. "People had many favorites but the winners were clear, which featured mermaids, dragons and sand castles". The results are below.

People's Choice Awards:
(Visitors to the exhibition voted for their favorite sculptures over the 5-week period)
  • Solo: Peter Vogelar, Winlaw, BC Sculpture Entitled: "Beneath the Waves"
  • Doubles: Jacinthe Trudel & Jonathan Bouchard, St. Calixte, Quebec Sculpture Entitled: "Believe"
Additional Information from Opening Weekend

Soloist Results

  • 5th Place: Melineige Beauregard, St. Hippolyte, Quebec; Sculpture Entitled: "Creation of the Abenakis Nation"
  • 4th Place: Yoshiko Matsugi, Japan; Sculpture Entitled: "The Dream Comes True"
  • 3rd Place: Karen Jean Fralich; Burlington, Ontario; Sculpture Entitled: "Royal Guardian"
  • 2nd Place: Enguerrand "Mac" David, Belgium; Sculpture Entitled: "Pinocchio on Vacation at Okanagan Lake"
  • 1st Place: Ilya Filimontsev, Russia; Sculpture Entitled: "Icarus"
Doubles Results
  • 3rd Place: Wilfred Stijger & Edith van de Wetering; Pieterburen, Netherlands Sculpture Entitled: "Don't Fly too High"
  • 2nd Place: Dmitry Klimenko, Russia & Sue McGrew, USA Sculpture Entitled: "Popcorn for the People"
  • 1st Place: Jacinthe Trudel & Jonathan Bouchard, St. Calixte, Quebec Sculpture Entitled: "Believe"
Competitors' Choice Awards: (Peer selection)
    Soloist: Marielle Heessels, Netherlands; Sculpture Entitled: "Enough"
  • Doubles: Dmitry Klimenko, Russia & Sue McGrew, USA; Sculpture Entitled: "Popcorn for the People"
Giving Back to our Community & Social, Environmental and Economic Sustainability

The mandate of the Parksville Beach Festival Society is to create fun, family-friendly events along side Parksville's main beach and to support community growth. According to their policies, the Society assigns 25% of their gate proceeds to community projects and philanthropic groups. Contributing to the maintenance and development of the Community Park is also a high priority. Since 1999, the Society has donated $620,000 to non-profit organizations and community projects, which included construction of the park gazebo and community signs. The Society reserves funds annually to help sustain its future events, which can be threatened by such things as inclement weather. For 2019, the Society aims to donate to 25 not-for-profit organizations which served as gate greeters at the entrance to the sand sculpting site during the public exhibition. The exact donation will be determined in the coming weeks. In addition, the Society is accepting donations towards the construction of Parksville's Outdoor Performance Theatre, targeted for summer 2020. See for more information.

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Cheryl Dill,
President Beach Festival Society
Cell: 250.954.8262