Bermuda Sandcastle Competition returns
An annual sandcastle competition marking the end of summer will reward the winners with $1,000 and a two-night stay at a luxury hotel.
The Bermuda Sandcastle Competition promises a beach full of creative constructs and free beverages over Labour Day weekend.
Hannah Emmerson, the organiser, said: “Ten of the 40 sign-up spots have already been filled, so we are encouraging any teams eager to enter to sign up soon.
“Our favourite overseas sculptor, Pete Faverio, returns from Delaware to defend his best on the beach title.”
Competitors must check in between 9.30am and noon on the day of the competition and building will start at 10am.
Each team will be assigned an 8ft-by-8ft piece of the beach and will be given tools and a mound of sand to work with to give them a head start.
All sandcastle building tools must be downed by 4pm, and judges will arrive to examine each construction.
The panel of judges includes Jamal Hart; Tim Morrison, manager at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club; and Arden Vickers from The Butterfield Bermuda Championship.
All attendees will receive free beverages.
Competitors in each category will have a chance at winning “Best on the Beach”, a $1,000 cash prize sponsored by Alexandra Mosher Studio Jewellery.
An Honourable Mention winner in the entire competition will win tickets to the Bermuda Champion PGA Tournament at the Port Royal Golf Course, Sandys, in October.
First place prize for the adult, family and teenager categories will be $500 in cash, while second place winners will receive $400 and third place will earn $300.
The top three places in the Children’s category will receive gift cards to Gorham’s in the same listed amounts.
The visitor category will be sponsored by the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club and will reward first-place winners with a two-night stay in a signature room at the luxury hotel.
Second-place winners will receive a 90-minute massage of their choice at Exhale Spa and third-place winners will have a champagne brunch at Crown & Anchor.
Organisers of the competition will host free workshops on how to craft the perfect sandcastle on August 26, 30 and 31. They will all be held from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
Those who cannot attend but want to learn how to craft an exquisite sandcastle can also watch a free tutorial video on their website.
Ms Emmerson said: “We are so very grateful to our generous sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible.
“We hope that the public will join us on the beach for a fun event that the whole family can enjoy.”
The competition will take place on September 2 at Horseshoe Bay in Southampton.
Anyone who would like to sign up for a workshop can do so by e-mailing email@example.com.
Teams can sign up for the event on the competition’s website.