The Sand Boxers from Victoria, BC were announced as the winning team of Parksville's Beachfest Quality Foods Canadian Open sand sculpting competition on July 15th.
CTV Vancouver Island's Community Manager Bruce Williams did the honors via Twitter. Originally crediting the Sand Boxers to Seattle, WA, the winning team was attributed to Victoria, BC only moments later. Competitors' creations were judged on a number of factors. Points were awarded based upon wow factor, use of sand, degree of difficulty, and artistic merit. The 2012 win marks back to back championships for the Vancouver Island sand sculpting team.
Competitors in the 2012 Parksville Beachfest sand castle competition came from around the globe. From Spain's Paul Blane to Australia's Natasha Kamenskaia, competition was stiff in this gritty challenge. Competitors in the team challenge were vying for an $8000 first place grand prize. The battle began Friday morning at 8am with the official "pound up" of sand, which involves the installation of building forms followed by the sand fill. Competitors were allowed to continue their pound up tasks until 4pm, when work was then halted until the official building phase began the next morning at 7:30am. Sand sculpting participants worked from 7:30am until 5:30pm on Saturday, when competition was again halted until Sunday's finale. The sand artists were given until 3pm on Sunday to complete their creations. Judges had from 3:15pm until 4:45pm to come to a final conclusion.
Following the judging finale, the sand sculptures will be on display for public viewing until August 19th. The public display is open from 9am until 9pm with admission by donation. In 2011, over $36,000 dollars was raised to support local charitable organizations. The sunny weather forecast hints at stellar crowd counts for the 2012 Parksville Beachfest celebration. With 2011's record of over 82,000 visitors from over 100 countries, 2012 visitor counts have some tough competition to measure up to. While Quality Foods is the event's title sponsor, companies and organizations from all over Vancouver Island generously support this well known event.