Established in 1966,
the Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture
Contest is an annual tradition that
locals and visitors look forward to each
year. The event is sponsored by Alameda
Recreation and Park Department, East Bay
Regional Park District and other groups.
Registration 9 - 11 a.m.
Viewing and judging at 12 Noon; Awards presented at 1 p.m.
Categories for Sand Castle and
Sand Sculpture are: Ages 12 and Under
Ages 13 and Over
Here's the rules, subject to change: Bring your shovel, bucket and
creative ideas to build a unique work of
art out of sand.
1. Sand Castles and Sand Sculptures must
consist of sand only with the exception
of wood, rocks, shells, etc., found on
the beach the day of the contest and
used as decorations only. No glass
or live animals.
2. No superstructures or permanent forms
of any kind shall be incorporated in
3. Sand forms (flower pots, milk
cartons, buckets, etc.) may be used, but
only as forms.
4. The use of shovels, hoes, spatulas is
5. The castle or sculpture must be
confined within assigned space.
6. No collecting of live animals or egg
cases from wet beach and mudflat areas.
7. Structures must be completed by the
deadline time of 12:00 noon or upon the
arrival of the first judge.
JUDGING: Castles and Structures will be
judged on the following basis:
DESIGN - 30 points (originality of
subjects and design)
DETAIL - 30 points (originality of
shape, lines and space)
NEATNESS - 20 points (sharp relief,
balanced proportions overall)
TECHNIQUE - 20 points (use of forms,
drip method, shaping of arches, etc.)