Build Sand Castles in Alameda

Families, artists, and beachcombers show off their sand prowess building sand castles and sand sculptures at the annual contest at Alameda's Crab Cove.



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The art is temporary at the annual Sand Castle and Sculpture Contest.

Build a sand castle fit for a sand king, queen, and court, possibly surrounded by a moat with a monster. You can at the annual Sand Castle and Sculpture Contest at Alameda’s Crab Cove, a great chance to test sand construction skills against titans of sand construction.

Challenge yourself to go it alone or join forces with your family to form the perfect sand castle-building team: Categories include castles and sculptures by youth, families, and adults. The event is cosponsored by the East Bay Regional Park District, the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department, and the Bay View Women’s Club.

Contestants should register at 9 a.m. and will have three hours to complete their sand masterpieces. Judging and viewing of completed sculptures takes place at noon, with the award presentation beginning at 1 p.m. June 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Crab Cove Visitors Center, Crown Memorial State Beach, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. www.EBParks.org.

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