We’ve got a great event in store for you!
Watch this page for 2016 information as it becomes available.
Click for the 2015 winners.


Judges will vote on the best in four categories – masters, intermediate, novice, and family – for overall appearance, creativity, teamwork, effort, design, suitability to sand, and intricacy.


  • 1st = Platinum Sand-dollar: Commemorative art by Local artist Don Nisbett
  • 2nd = Gold Sand-dollar Commemorative art by Local artist Don Nisbett
  • 3rd = Silver Sand-dollar Commemorative art by Local artist Don Nisbett
  • All children are recognized for their participation


  • 1st = Commemorative art by Local artist Don Nisbett
  • 2nd = Commemorative art by Local artist Don Nisbett
  • 3rd = Commemorative art by Local artist Don Nisbett


  • 1st = $300 Cash Prize
  • 2nd = $200 Cash Prize
  • 3rd = $100 Cash Prize


  • 1st = $900 Cash Prize
  • 2nd = $800 Cash Prize
  • 3rd = $700 Cash Prize

The awards presentation will take place at the event tent at 3PM, before the incoming surf slowly washes away even the largest sculptures. (standing on, climbing, damaging the sculptures is prohibited)

A SPECIAL THANKS GOES OUT TO ALL OF THE PENINSULA MERCHANTS WHO DONATED CASH, GOODS AND TIME TO MAKE THIS EVENT HAPPEN! Please take a moment and view the sponsors listed on event trailer, facebook page & on this website.


All necessary informations about the upcoming events

When is the date for the Sandcastle Contest?

Saturday, July 18, 2015

What time & where can we register?

Registration will take place online (now!) and at the Long Beach “Arches” trailer on Bolstad beach approach from Wednesday July 15th – 17th.  Last call is 5:00 pm on the 17th at the trailer.

What should we bring?

Tools for building are as varied as the teams that bring them.  Here is a suggested tool list to get you started. In addition, bring layers of clothes, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, towels, and snacks to keep you charged throughout the build.  Hot dogs, water, and sodas are available on the beach; look for the large tent run by our local Kiwanis club. 

Where can we park?

There is public free parking in downtown Long Beach, on the Bolstad Beach approach and near the beach (access is on Ocean Beach Boulevard at 4th South.

Is the event free?

The event is free of charge for those attending the contest on Saturday.  Come view solo artists designing their sand creations along the beach approach starting Wednesday morning through completion Friday. Also Free Sculpting Lessons!  If you want to participate, there is a registration fee (only $12 for a family!).

Can we use additional materials/accessories to build our sculptures?

Decorations such as pennants, toy soldiers or ornaments complimentary to the design may be used but should not detract from design, camouflage, or in any way support the structure.

How are the sculptures judged?

Judging is based on: Effort, Design, Intricacy, Creativity, Teamwork, Overall appearance, Suitability to sand. 

What are the prizes?

Masters and Intermediate teams vie for CASH prizes.  Commemorative Art pieces by popular local artist Don Nisbett are commissioned for the Novice and Family team categories.

I want to volunteer next year!

We’re glad to hear it!  This event is a lot of fun to work on.  Leave your information at the Sandsations Trailer during the event, else zap us a note.

Swag Shop

Sandsations SwagStop by the Sandsations Trailer on the beach during the event,
or order your Sandsations Swag online!






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Registration fees range from $65 for masters to $1 each for children under 12, who will also be recognized for their participation.  Registrations are non-refundable.


  • Lots are 20×20; Work must be confined in given boundaries
  • No sand may be added or removed.
  • Extra water to wet sand is permissible.
  • Tools and forms of any sort may be used in the process of construction, but may in no way support the sculpture.
  • Decorations such as pendants, toy soldiers or ornaments natural to the design may be used but should not detract from the design, camouflage or in any way support the structure.
  • Any materials left on the beach MUST be 100% non-toxic, biodegradable and earth-friendly.
  • Children’s category: One adult may assist with initial digging, not with sculpting.
  • All TEAMS MUST HAVE FUN!!  HINT: The judges watch for how much fun you’re having and how much you’re entertaining the crowd, as well as your sculpting.


Online registration is closed.
You can still register at the event.


Keep your eyes peeled for all the latest news from our Masters, then pay them back for their efforts by following them on their social media channels or dropping in on their website or blog.


Sandsations has been a favorite event in Long Beach, Washington for more than 30 years.  Run wholly by volunteers, the event draws visitors from around the globe to participate and to watch the fun.

We’re collecting memorabilia so we can put together a full history of the event.  Do you have a vintage Sandsations tee, sweatshirt or brochure?  If so, take a photo and send it to or Sandsations Chair, PO Box 896, Long Beach, WA 98631.

We’d also like to hear your favorite memories of the event.  Here’s one:

I am the captain of the Sand Angels. We participated in the competition in the 2007 Sandsations “family category”. My team members ranged from age 8 to age 12. We did the sculpture “Heading to Sea” the sea turtle…

This was their first time to Long Beach and first time competing.. I promised my daughter a camping trip to celebrate transitioning from elementary to Middle school. … I was surfing your website and came across the SandSations contest. I told my daughter to call her friends from school to see if the could go.

We did not know much about this nor had we ever made much from sand. So, for 3 weeks, we traveled 25 miles to a local beach to practice, but we found out that the sand around Puget Sound was too coarse. So I decided that I would go buy some sand at a local hardware store and a kiddy pool. We started practicing every night after I came home from work.

Here is one of the pictures that led us to your town for three days and two nights…Oh, wet, wonderful fun which we had. I told the girls no matter if they did not win over the public eye, they would always be winners in mine.

Mind you they are already talking about next years contest. They noted that they will not do sea creatures because everyone who made sea animals did not win. I thought that was very cute when I overheard them discussing their plans. Regardless they WILL BE Back.

Thank you to all the businesses that made us feel welcomed and for treating each one of our children as a valued customer not just as a kid.


Tani Adams
Sand Angels Team Captain
Bonney Lake WA


Keep your eyes peeled for all the latest news from our sponsors, then pay them back for their efforts by following them on their social media channels or dropping in on their website or blog.