If it’s summer at the beach, it’s a time to revel in the sand and sawdust.
Five Star Dealerships Sand and Sawdust Festival takes place this weekend, Friday through Sunday, centered at the Ocean Shores Convention Center and the main beach approach off Chance a La Mer.
On Friday, 19 chainsaw artists and carvers from across the Northwest will start competing for awards while creating the eagles, bears, sea creatures and wood sculptures that are for sale and for auction. Auctions are at 4 p.m. each day.
Also on Friday, a new event will begin at the Convention Center, where three professional sand sculptors will begin a competition that will last the weekend. Each one-man team will be continuously carving until the event ends at noon Sunday. Each day the public may vote for their favorite carving.
On Saturday, the team Sand Sculpture Contest begins on the beach, with the last chance to register on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Convention Center (120 W. Chance A La Mer).
Friday afternoon at 4:30, master sand sculptor Bert Adams will be on hand on the beach offering free lessons with his unique passion for creating sand art.
Adams helped start the event in the 1990s that is now produced by the Ocean Shores Action Committee for Tourism (ACT).
Adams’ group, Wabi-Sabi, took second in the masters division last year, behind the oldest group of sand sculptors in the competition: the Orbital Sanders. The Oribital Sanders have won the competition the past two years.
“This is a really great event in this category of beach contests. Here, you have to work between tides,” said Jeff Strong of Tacoma and the Orbital Sanders about the Ocean Shores event.
For the sand-building teams and for the chainsaw carvers, thousands of dollars in prizes are up for grabs, with the chainsaw awards at 4 p.m. Sunday and the awards for sand sculpture awarded Saturday after the competition on the beach.
Saturday only a free shuttle service will be offered between several hotels, downtown, the Convention Center and the beach from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday includes more sand sculpting lessons in the Convention Center “Sand Pit” located in the front parking lot at Noon. Prior to that at 11 a.m., another new event will be “Paw Prints in the Sand,” a dog fashion show feature beachwear for the pooches.
Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Convention Center’s Sand Pit a new Children’s Quick Sand Contest will take place. Registration takes place at the Sand Pit and children will compete for prizes. Winners will be selected by the audience.