In recent years, the Texas SandFest has become the largest Master Sand Sculpting Festival in the nation. Each year it grows, as more Master sculptors find Texas sand more than a little pleasing in whichto create their pieces of art.
These sculptors come from states all over our nation and contestants from Canada, Wales, the Ukraine and Belgium have graced these shores. They come armed with tools as simple as kitchen items to carve out their marvelous life-size statues. They compete for 8 hours on Friday, 8 hours on Saturday and 4 hours on Sunday. Prizes are awarded on Sunday afternoon.
Port Aransas,Texas, with its wide clean beaches, draws many visitors year ‘round. It is a small townc but its citizens and merchants support this event in every way, as it brings between 80,000 to 100,000 people to this beach each year during a slow season for a tourist town.
Since the festival is held on a public beach, there is no admission charge, even though it is a labor intensive, expensive venture to host. The Texas SandFest is a non-profit organization and is run by a Board of Directors, two contract laborers and a hoard of fabulous volunteers who work for 10 months of the year to prepare for this 3 day event.
Many of the 26 Master Sand Sculptors who participate in Port Aransas this year travel the globe as they compete, and 8 of those that usually participate in Port Aransas have achieved World Awards abroad. These are highly intelligent, responsible, warm and caring adults who love Port Aransas sand, as it is irregular and jagged in shape and packs and holds well. Perfect for sand sculpting!
There will be music, games, food, and booths selling everything from jewelry to pet items, a photo contest and marvelous sights for all to see. A small area of Handicap Parking is available on the beach adjacent to a Handicap Tent, and a few golf carts will have drivers available to drive handicapped persons to see the sculptures up close.
You, too, can compete by entering the Pro-Am, Amateur Division or Youth Contest by sculpting in the sand. To see sculptures and photos from last year’s event, visit texassandfest.com on the internet.
Come….enjoy thisfamily oriented event….admission is free!