Let Nature’s Medium Provide Art July 9th

As long as there’s been sand in the dunes, there have been folks molding it, pushing it, stacking it into basic castles guarding the water’s edge or more elaborate dragons and their slayers.  Sand sculpture art can be dated back to the ancient Egyptians making sand models of their great pyramids.  It now seems any beach town with a reputation to build will host it’s own sand sculpture contest.  Our town not withheld!

Watch the sand come alive or participate with friends and family Saturday, July 9 as the Friends of Indiana Dunes sponsor the 14th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest at Indiana Dunes State Park.  Participation is free after paying the standard gate fee.  Registration begins at 9:00am (CDT) on the west end of the pavilion.  Judging begins at noon, followed by awards at 1pm.  Prizes will be awarded in two categories, one for teams of children 15 and under and another for individuals and families numbering less than 8.  This year’s theme is “Making History,” Those sculptures that follow the theme earn extra points amongst the judges.  Whether you’re 5 or 105 years old, grab a pile of sand and get creative.  Even if you’re not participating it is fun to walk around and see what others have come up with. Watchers can also vote for their favorite in the “Viewer’s Choice Award” between noon and 1pm.

The Indiana Dunes State Park Beach Pavilion is located at the north end of State Road 49. For more information about this program contact the Nature Center at (219) 926-1390.  The park fee is $5 for Indiana vehicles and $10.00 for out of state vehicles. Annual park passes are available.


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