Media Release - August 21, 2018
Final Results & Data: Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition & ExhibitionReported August 21, 2018
Tearing down the sand sculptures at Parksville Community Beach on Monday, August 20 was somewhat deflating for the Parksville Beach Festival volunteers, but they have much to celebrate, thanks to another strong event. Gate ambassadors for the 2018 Quality Foods Sand Sculpting exhibition featuring "Wild Things from Here to the Galapagos" carefully recorded 125,908 visitors over the 5-week period. Despite being slightly under the 2017 total (3% difference), event organizers are delighted by the attendance. "The warm weather, appeal of the sculpting, support from residents and the attraction to the region all contribute to such strong results", commented Cheryl Dill, President, Parksville Beach Festival Society. "We’ve noted very positive feedback about the quality of the sculpting from local residents and visitors at the gate and through social media. The affordability of the activities helps to attract so many." says Dill. Additional events included the Tim Horton’s Summer Concert Series, weekday buskers, a weekend artisan market and a weekend 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 120,000 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, featuring messages about sustaining a healthy environment". The results are below.
People’s Choice Awards:
(Visitors to the exhibition voted for their favorite sculptures over the 5 week period)
Jacinthe Trudel & Jonathan Bouchard, Quebec Sculpture Entitled: "Choose Your Side" (Featuring the sea turtle)
Enguerrand "Mac" David; Brussels, Belgium Sculpture Entitled: "And What Did the Fish Eat?" (featuring the "food chain")
- 5th Place: Wilfred Stijger; Pieterburen, Netherlands Sculpture Entitled: "A Handful"
- 4th Place: Enguerrand "Mac" David; Brussels, Belgium Sculpture Entitled: "And What Did the Fish Eat?"
- 3rd Place: Melineige Beauregard; St. Hippolyte, Quebec Sculpture Entitled: "Molecule’s Link"
- 2nd Place: Ilya Filimontsev, Russia Sculpture Entitled: "Wild Winged Spirit"
- 1st Place: Peter Vogelaar; Winlaw, BC Sculpture Entitled: "Hendrix Live- Wild Thing"
- 3rd Place: Guy-Olivier Deveau, Quebec & Daniel Belcher; Missouri Sculpture Entitled: "Chimerism"
- 2nd Place: David Ducharme, Winlaw, BC & Dmitry Klimenko, Russia; Sculpture Entitled: "A Fine Balance"
- 1st Place: Jacinthe Trudel & Jonathan Bouchard, Quebec Sculpture Entitled: "Choose Your Side"
Competitors Choice Awards: (Peer selection)
- Soloist: Abe Waterman; Montague, PEI Sculpture Entitled: "Legacy"
- Doubles: Jacinthe Trudel & Jonathan Bouchard, Quebec Sculpture Entitled: "Choose Your Side"
Giving Back to our Community & Social, Environmental and Economic SustainabilityThe mandate of the Parksville Beach Festival Society is to not only create fun, family-friendly events along side Parksville’s main beach, but also to help the community grow. 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 $560,000 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 2018, The Society aims to donate to several 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.
President, Parksville Beach Festival Society