6500 people stroll Beachway Park while families build their sand castle creations.

August 20, 2013

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON.  The city announced the winner of the sand castle contest – an event that drew more contestants than last year.

The event seems to attract families that burrow away in the sand with everyone either oiling sand or pouring water and warily watching what the other contestants are doing.  There were 5 adults, 8 children, 9 families,  and 3 youth contestants pre-registered this year:  

This developing artist was waiting for the rest of her team and ensuring that her plot would be easily found

Gorgeous weather and a beautiful waterfront location brought tens of thousands of attendees out to the 22nd Annual Children’s Festival this past weekend.  The city reports 6500+ people on the Beachway Saturday and just as many at Spencer Smith Park on Sunday.

Besides the locals doing their thing the city brings in “professional” sand castle builders who do their thing.

This has the look of a production line – serious stuff and a lot of fun as well. Imagine families from different parts of the city competing against one another. Next years perhaps.

Sandi ‘Castle’ Stirling and Nick Blandin, winners of several North American sand sculpting awards, and Sharon Nesbitt, People’s Choice winner from the 2010 competition, along with Raymond Poirier were doing really fun stuff.  The four sculptors created their circus themed master pieces throughout the event.

In the Adult category the winners were:

1st prize adult                   Dale Andrews                                                   

2nd prize adult                  John Bowron                                                     

3rd prize adult                  Karen Barnes                                                     

In the Youth category the winners were:

1st prize youth                  Julia Barnes                                                        

2nd prize youth                 Michael Girard                                                  

3rd prize youth                 Jacob Pacaud

In the Child category the winners were:

1st prize child                  Bree MacDowell

2nd prize child                 Sarah Bowron                                              

3rd prize child                 Kate Green-Johns

In the family category the winners were:

1st prize family                Bowron Family                                                  

2nd prize family               Pearson Family                                                       

3rd prize family               Andrews Family                                                      

The People’s Choice  Award went to Lauren Sawras                                                  

The Saturday’s festivities ended with a free movie – free event Madagascar 3.

The Beachway part of the Children’s Festival isn’t just about sand castles. Face painting and demonstrations are a large part of the event as well. Here a young girl appears a little apprehensive while one book looks on with delight while the brother and sister give the process a quizzical look

The Children’s Festival is a free annual event that takes place the third weekend August and spans The Waterfront at Downtown Burlington with beach fun on Saturday in Beachway Park and traditional family fun in Spencer Smith Park on Sunday. To be involved in next year’s festival, please contact the City of Burlington’s Event Office at festivalsandevents@burlington.ca  You can reach them by telephone at:  905-335-7766.

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