Sand Sculpting Competition Comes to Port of San Diego's B Street Pier

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sandcastleTen sand sculptors from around the world will compete for the most creative sand castle design at the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition, which will be held from Friday. Aug. 31, 2012 to Monday, Sept. 3, 2012.

The event will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; there is an $8 admission fee for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, active military and seniors over 62.

The competition will take place at the Port of San Diego B Street Pier, located at 1140 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101, between Broadway and Ash Street.

Three master sand sculptors from the Travel Channel television show Sand Masters – Kirk Rademaker, Rusty Croft and Sue McGrew – will construct their designs on site.

"We plan to keep the sand sculpting medium alive in San Diego County by bringing world-class sculptors to compete in this event," said Gordon Summer, executive producer of the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition. "A caravan of trucks will bring 250-300 tons of sand for the competition."

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Archisand and IB Posse, two rival teams that have each won multiple U.S. Open Sand Castle Competition crowns at the former Imperial Beach event, will also have their own competition as they go head-to-head for the most imaginative sandcastle design.

IB Posse won last year's sand castle event and will strive to win the title again this year.

Matt McCoy, IB Posse team member and an employee of the Port of San Diego, said that the team is preparing a different strategy for the competition.

"This year will be a new challenge because the sand is more like clay, which is a different texture of sand than what we normally work with," said McCoy. "Our team plans to bring new elements that the public has never seen before and will hopefully change the way sand artists build their sculptures."

Along with sandcastle competitors, there will also be three-dimensional artists who will create works of art out of metal, glass, resin, clay, wood, leather, fabric and gemstone materials. All masterpieces created by the 3D artists will be for sale.

The public can vote for their favorite sandcastle and 3D art designs. Trophies will be awarded to the sandcastle and 3D art designs that receive the most votes. The public can also vote on the best sand castle design between Archisand and IB Posse.

Professional judging will be done for the 10 master sand sculptors. The top three master sand sculptors will be chosen for first, second and third place trophies.

An awards ceremony for the sand castles designs will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2 and at 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 3 for the three-dimensional art.

Food and drinks from gourmet food trucks and live entertainment will be available at the event. There will also be kids' activities such as sand sculpture classes and bubble fun rides.

Tickets are available for purchase at ticket booths only. The booths will be located on site at the B Street Pier.

"The Port of San Diego's waterfront will be bustling this Labor Day weekend," said Lou Smith, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. "Residents and visitors can enjoy the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition, Port of San Diego's Festival of Sail at the Maritime Museum of San Diego and Reggae Summersplash at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. Truly, there's something for everyone at the Port."

The U.S. Sand Sculpting Competition and 3D Art Exposition will be taking place on the Embarcadero along with the Port of San Diego's Festival of Sail. The Festival of Sail is a four-day event that will feature public tours of 20 tall ships, cruises around the bay and live entertainment.

Event visitors are urged to use public transportation and walk from the trolley or the bus to the event. Adults can save $3 off ticket cost with an MTS transit pass. For more information, visit

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