The judging of the sculptures is rated on originality of concept, artistic execution, technical difficulty, carving technique, and utilization of the site. In addition to the Golden Bucket, awards are given in several categories including Traditional Castle, Architectural Icon, Kidtastic: Fables & Folklore, Houston-centric, Marine Life, Pop Culture: Decades, and Geometric as well as Public Favorite, Tallest Standing Structure, Greatest Feat of Structural Ingenuity, team t-shirt design, team signage, and costume. At the end of the day, everyone goes home with memories of a great day at the beach filled with fun, sand and sun.
6:30am / Beach opens for teams and sponsors
9:00am / Public is encouraged to begin to arrive to watch the competition.
10:00am–3:00pm / Teams compete and build.
1:00pm–3:30pm / Public favorite voting
3:00–4:30pm / Judging
4:30pm / Awards Ceremony
Parking at East Beach Galveston is $15 cash only, collected by the Galveston Parks Board. There is no ATM. There is no Metro bus service, train line, or rapid transit to Galveston or the event. CARPOOLING IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED; ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME FOR TRAFFIC AND PARKING.
Feel free to bring your own picnic: be sure to mind the City of Galveston's rules and regulations governing East Beach. Visit www.galveston.com/beachparks or call 1.409.762.EAST for more information. Private team and sponsor tents are not open to the public.
Reserve your beach umbrella & chairs in advance by contacting Beach Buddies at 409.443.5103.
Please contact East Beach 1.409.762.EAST or visit www.galveston.com/beachparks with questions about beach rules regarding pets.
Please respect the hard work of our participants by not touching any of the sand sculptures even after the event. Many spectators visit the beach the next day, on Sunday, to view and enjoy the sculptures.
If you are interested in particIpating in Sandcastle as a team or sponsor, please contactDebby Joiner (teams) at email@example.com or Aleks Savitski (sponsors) firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-520-0155.