About Us

Parksville’s Sand Sculpting Competition history dates back to 1982, when we hosted our first B.C. Open.

A total of 100 people attended the first event, and it was viewed as a “great success”. From the BC Open to its present day title The Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition, this event has evolved into a world class Master Sculptor competition that attracts over 100,000 people annually.

The Quality Foods Competition is the only competition in Canada designated as a qualifying event for the World Championship of Sand Sculpting.

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 winner in the Solo and Double divisions an automatic placement in The World Championship of Sand Sculpting. Airfare, hotel, accommodations and an appearance stipend will be included. The Second and Third Place winners will have their names in a pool to be drawn upon as space permits.

Over the past 39 years Parksville has welcomed visitors from all over the world to our Sand Sculpting Exhibition, located at the Parksville Community Park off Hwy 19A (Exit 46). Visitors marvel at these unbelievable feats of artistry and engineering. Our competition is open to professional/master level sculptors, and draws artists from around the globe. The competition itself runs for 30 hours over 4 days. Gates open to the public starting at 2:00 pm Friday, July 14th, 2023. At this point the public can view the sculptures “under construction” until completion before judging begins on Sunday. The sculptures remain in place for five weeks following the competition. Admission to the venue is by a suggested donation of $5.00 per person. The sculpting theme for 2023 is “Wonders of the World”.

2023 Board of Directors
Cheryl Dill President & Media Relations Email
Leslie Phillips Vice President & Treasurer Email
Karen Haggblad Secretary Email
Jim Hoffman Director Site Management Email
Bonnie Brown Director Gate Ambassadors Email
Anissa Derek Director Judging Email
Lloyd Derry Director Entertainment Email
Nancy Fowler Director Souvenirs Email
Erin Norris Director at Large Email
Amit Gaur City of Parksville Liaison Email
Patty Blomberg Event Manager Email
Wendy Sears Event & Marketing Manager Email

Put your business in the spotlight and reach over 100,000 potential customers.  There are many ways to participate!  If you don’t find the right fit for your business and budget, we would be happy to customize a benefit package to suit your needs.  Contact us at info@parksvillebeachfest.ca.


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

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26 Sep 2023