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.

Over the past 40 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 12, 2024. 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.

There is no sculpting theme for 2024. We can’t wait to see what our sculptors create!

2024 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
Joanne Metz Director at Large Email
Rosalie Garland Director at Large Email
Amit Gaur City of Parksville Liaison Email
Wendy Sears Event 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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20 Apr 2024