What time & where can we register for the competition?

You may register yourself or your team online for the Saturday sculpting competition.  Online registrations must be received no later than Monday, July 22 by 5:00 PM.  You may also register in person on Friday, July 26 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM and on Saturday, July 27 from 8:00 – 10:00 AM at the Sandsations trailer at the Bolstad beach approach as space is available.  Click here for more information on registration, online registration forms, and costs.

What should we bring for the competition?

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 clothing, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, towels, and snacks to keep you charged throughout the day.

Where can we park?

There is public free parking in downtown Long Beach, and on the Bolstad Beach approach east of the Red Buoy on the Bolstad Approach. The Bolstad Beach Approach will be closed at the Buoy at 11AM. You must have a participant placard on your dashboard after 11AM.

Is the event free?

The event is free of charge for spectators attending the event, which runs from Wednesday, July 24 through Saturday, July 27.  Come view artists designing their sand creations along the Bolstad Beach Approach starting Wednesday morning through completion Friday.  You can also attend a free sand sculpting class at Lesson Beach (Bolstad Beach Approach) Friday from 4:00 – 6:00 PM and again on Saturday from 4:00 – 6:00 PM! If you’d like to compete in the sculpture contests on Saturday, click here for more information and an online registration form.

There will also be two special preview sculptures, one at the Long Beach Peninsula Visitor Information Center, and another at the North Beach Tavern for you to enjoy.  Both preview sculptures are perfect photo ops with nearby parking and accessible to strollers and wheelchairs.

Is the event accessible?

The solo sculptures at the Bolstad beach approach are at the edge of the paved access drive and are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.  The sculptures that will be constructed during Saturday’s competition can be viewed from locations along the boardwalk, also accessible.  New this year — there are several beach wheelchairs available to be checked out at no charge.  Click here for more information on the beach wheelchairs.  Restrooms are located at the Bolstad beach approach and are ADA accessible.

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

Only sand, water, shells, and other natural beach materials found on the beach can be used.  Forms and tools are OK for the construction process, but can in no way support the final structure.

How are the sculptures judged?

Judging is based on: effort, design, intricacy, creativity, teamwork, overall appearance, and suitability.

What are the prizes?

Masters and Intermediate teams vie for cash prizes. Local merchants provide prizes for the Novice and Family team categories.  For all the exciting details about the prizes, click here!

I want to volunteer to help this year or during next year’s event!

We’d love to hear from you!  Helping out with Sandsations is a fun and rewarding way to participate in this community’s volunteer run event.  Please let us know about your interest by filling out the form on our contact page, or by letting one of our volunteers at the Sandsations trailer know that you’d like to be involved.  Volunteers will receive a free crisp white t-shirt and our appreciation for your help!