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From Arcata take Hwy 255 South (Samoa Blvd.), after Manila stay in right lane and proceed past the bay bridge on New Navy Base Road. From Eureka take Hwy 255 over the Bay to New Navy Base Road and turn left. Approximately five miles south of the bay bridge, turn right on Lincoln Blvd., go through white iron gate and proceed to Drag Strip.
Now in it's third decade, the Sand Sculpture Festival is a fun family event for all ages. Come out and do something creative in the sand, or just enjoy the beach and the spectacle. The event is free for spectators, a $1-$5 sliding scale donation is encouraged to support Friends of the Dunes education and conservation programs. The best time to view sculptures is from noon to 2 p.m. Snacks and drinks for sale at the beach benefit Redwood Coast Montessori school.
Grab your shovels and your friends and get a team together to compete for cash prizes in a variety of categories. Registration opens at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $15 for teams of up to six people and $20 for teams of more than six. Pre-register here (coming soon) and receive a $5 discount off your registration fee. Please print and fill out the registration form to have ready at the event. Participation by all ages and skill levels is encouraged.
The Sand Sculpture Festival offers cash awards in the following categories: Best of Show, Most Imaginative, Best Youth Sculpture for sculptors 12 and under, Most Dedicated Diggers, People's Choice and Friends of the Dunes Staff Pick. The coveted Golden Shovel Award is given to the best business sponsored team.
Final judging of the sand sculptures begins at 1 p.m. and winners will be announced around 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Dunes education and conservation programs.