Padre Island Sandcastle Days
Oct. 23rd, 2010
Make Plans to Come to the 23rd Annual
Amateur and professional sand sculptors from all over the
world descend on South Padre Island every year to create beautiful
works of art using natural elements of the beach. The not-for-profit
event showcases the artwork and an appreciation for the coastal
environment, and donates to organizations helping to preserve it.
Masters of Sand - Twenty
four of the best sand sculptors in the world will
work their magic in Isla Blanca Park for three days on the shores of
the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. This South Padre Island family festival has become one of the biggest and best
international sand sculpture competitions in the United States!
We made our way to Isla
Blanca County Park and the sandcastles. They are amazing! We were surprised no one
seemed to be having trouble from the wind - it was blowing mid twenties
with gusts up to mid thirties and more. Walking on the beach was like
walking in a sand blaster.
We went Friday. It's Thursday through Sunday, with the big day being
Saturday, but figured the weekend would be too crowded. Just saw some
video from there and the whole beach is almost standing room only.
Here's some shots:
This big one was being done by all the artists in thanks to
Truly awesome, aren't they?
Here's some other shots around the park:
This last one is the Brazos Santiago Pass, between South Padre Island
and Brazos Island, going into the Brownsville Ship Channel.