Sandcastle Contest Hits Edgewater Beach Saturday

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Building sandcastles isn’t just for kids. More than 50 teams are spending Saturday putting their design skills to the test at the AIA Cleveland Sand Festival at Edgewater Beach.

Each team will be given a 20-foot-squared beach plot as their building site, as well as five yards of sand to work with. Teams are responsible for bringing their own tools. Buckets, shovels and “masonry tools of all kinds” are recommended, but glue and adhesives are not permitted.

Teams must build their masterpieces between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. using only their tools and whatever they can find on Edgewater Beach, including, if mother nature wills it, some rain.

Most participants are associated with a company or business, but individuals of any skill level are welcome to join in on the competition. All individuals registered will be assigned to a team.

Sandcastles will be judged by a celebrity jury in the categories of castle, sculpture or theme, depending on the team’s preference. A peoples' choice award will also be voted on the day of the competition.

If constructing sandcastles isn’t your thing, there’s plenty more to do in the sand. Enter the volleyball tournament, play tug-of-war, hit up a food truck, get a drink or spend the day swimming and watching all of the activities.

Spectators can attend for free, but all participants must register by today and pay the registration fee for their specific activity.

The festival is hosted by AIA Cleveland, the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, alongside the Cleveland Metroparks. All proceeds go to ACE Mentor Program’s scholarship fund, which encourages high school students to pursue careers in architecture, construction and engineering. Complete competition rules can be found here, and a schedule of events can be found here.
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