Beautiful—if fleeting—works of art will be sculpted from sand when the Original Imperial Beach Sandcastle Competition returns July 19 to the San Diego County town.
Professional sand sculptors will compete for $17,000 in prize money as they spend five hours on the beach creating their masterpieces as part of the Sun & Sea Festival.
The competition will take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. During the same time, children can test their skills in the “Kids ’n Kastles” sand castle contest. The winners will be announced at a 5 p.m. awards ceremony at Pier Plaza.
Other children’s activities are also planned, as is live entertainment from a beachside stage.
Several Imperial Beach restaurants plan to offer special menus to coincide with the popular event.
Visitors are encouraged to park at Mar Vista High School (505 Elm Ave, Imperial Beach) and either walk or take a shuttle bus to the beach.