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World Championship Sand Sculpting Official Qualifier

Competition Location & Directions

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2019 Sculptor Invitation

On behalf of the Parksville Beach Festival Society, it is my pleasure to invite you to apply to compete at the Quality Foods Canadian Open, a qualifier for the World Championships of Sand Sculpting. This year's competition will take place July 11-14, 2019.

The event will be held at the Parksville Community Park - 193 Island Hwy East, on the beach in Parksville, British Columbia, Canada.

We invite sand sculptors to apply for one of fifteen solo spots and/or seven double spots available in the competition. Applications should be filled out online, between January 15 and February 28, 2019. You may apply as both a Solo and a Double, but you will be selected for one or the other as Soloists and Doubles compete at the same time. Doubles should complete one application and include both competitors' names and accomplishments.

Applications will be evaluated by the Parksville Beach Festival Society Board of Directors in early March. All applicants (whether selected or not) will be notified by email on the same day and by no later than March 15th. Some of the items being considered when evaluating an application will be: whether you can speak and communicate in English; the number of times you have placed in the top 5 at your regional competitions (as the Canadian Open is a qualifier for the Worlds, we need to be sure you're sculpting at a professional level); whether you have been invited or advanced to the World Championships in the past; the quality of your work as determined by your competition placements; pictures of your work; the references you provide us; how easy you are to work with (as determined by our committee, or your reputation in the industry); and how much your application indicates it will cost our committee to pay for your travel expenses. If International applicants are able to minimize their travel costs by sharing their travel expenses with other North American competitions, this will help your application considerably. The maximum reimbursement for travel for all sculptors will be $1,500 CDN for International travel or $1,000 CDN within North America per sculptor, regardless of what it actually costs.

If you are selected we will ask for your top 3 preferred plots and will assign them once we have heard from everyone.

Prize money will be awarded as follows (in Canadian $'s):

  Soloist Double
First $2,600 $5,200
Second $2,350 $4,700
Third $2,100 $4,200
Fourth $1,850  
Fifth $1,600  

We will also include a Competitor's Choice award as voted by your peers, as well as a People's Choice award as voted by the public over 5 weeks. The winning double and soloist will receive $250 CDN per person for each competition.

We will be offering all sculptors a $1,200 CDN appearance fee if they do not place in the top 3 (doubles) or top 5 (soloists).

The Sculpting Schedule will take place as follows:

Wednesday, July 10 Sculptors travel to the island - you will be responsible for the cost of your meals on Wednesday but we will reimburse your travel costs (airfare, ferry, gas). If flying into YVR (Vancouver, BC) we will take care of your return flight from Vancouver to Qualicum on Vancouver Island via KD Air. One of our society members will pick you up at the Qualicum airport and transfer you to your motel. Try to arrive as early in the day as possible so that you can come down to the site in the afternoon to select and build your forms. We do encourage you to order your forms in advance so we can have them ready and set aside for your. We have both wood and flexi forms available.

Thursday, July 11
7am Oatmeal, yogurt, fruit and beverages are available at the site.
8am Pound up begins
12 noon Mandatory 45min lunch supplied by the Beach Festival
12:45-4:45pm Pound up and/or carving
6 pm Sculptor group dinner. Location TBA.

Friday, July 12
7am Oatmeal, yogurt, fruit and hot beverages are available onsite.
8:00am Carving (You may continue to pound up on Friday if needed.)
12 noon Mandatory 45 min lunch break supplied by the Beach Festival
12:45-4:45pm Carving
2pm Gates open to public
6:00 - 8:00pm Meet and greet reception (for competitors, sponsors and board members) All competitors are required to attend.

Saturday, July 13
7am Oatmeal, yogurt, fruit and beverages are available onsite.
8:00am Carving continues
12 noon Mandatory 45 min lunch break supplied by the Beach Festival
12:45-4:45pm Carving
6:00pm Sculptor dinner. Location TBA.

Sunday, July 14
7am Oatmeal, yogurt, fruit and beverages are available onsite.
8:00am Carving continues
12 noon Mandatory 45 min lunch break supplied by the Beach Festival
12:45-2:45pm Final 2 hours of carving. Plots must be titled.
3:00-3:30 pm Sculptors cast their Competitor's Choice vote.
5:30pm Announcement of winners (approx.)
6pm Dinner at your own expense.


All meals will be provided during the competition for all participating sculptors. This includes Thursday breakfast, lunch and dinner; Friday breakfast, lunch and dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch. In addition coffee, tea, water and snacks will be available on site throughout the day. Spouses and children are welcome to attend the Meet and Greet reception on Friday and the Sat dinner; please advise if you will be bringing a guest. Lunch meals are for competitors only. You will be responsible for your own meals before Thursday as well as on Sunday night. If you have any special dietary requests, please let us know on your registration form.


The Parksville Beach Festival will book and pay for your accommodations from Wednesday July 10 - Sunday July 14 (up to 5 nights). Please advise if you do not require lodging, if you require accommodations outside of these dates, or if you have any special needs. Most rooms are double occupancy and you will be paired with another competitor (but you'll have your own bed!). We will circulate a list of confirmed competitors so you can let us know if there is someone you would like to share with. If you choose to book your own room, or bring a guest, you will be responsible for payment.


The Parksville Beach Festival will pay your travel costs, up to a maximum of $1,500 CDN for International travel or $1,000 CDN within North America per competitor. Please make your travel arrangements early and submit your estimated costs on your application form. If you are flying, please book economy class. If you are driving, we strongly suggest that you make ferry reservations to and from the event, since this is a busy time for BC Ferries.

In order to be reimbursed, please hand in your original receipts before August 31, 2018. Expenses submitted after this date will not be reimbursed!

The competition rules are available on our website at www.parksvillebeachfest.ca .

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at info@parksvillebeachfest.ca or call 1-866-594-3243 x 101.


Wendy Sears
Event Manager
Parksville Beach Festival
c. 250-228-4452