Another Sandfest has come and gone in Port Aransas, and nothing Mother Nature threw at the sand sculptors, vendors, organizers, volunteers and sponsors could prevent a wonderful weekend for all!
An estimated 50,000 people poured into Port Aransas for this annual event, held April 24-26 (put it on your calendar for April 29-May 1 next year!), braving rain, wind and a sloshy beach to enjoy the sand art, music, beach food, art, furniture, beach "stuff" and fun with friends and family. Sandfest is a huge fundraiser for local non-profit organizations and local youth scholarships. Master sand sculptors come from around the country (and world) on an invitation-only basis to participate in the competition, which is a qualifying event for the World Championship of Sand Sculpting competition. This year’s event featured five duo master sculpting teams and eight solo master sculptors, including one qualified amateur, based on a new practice begun in 2014. These artists built their creations multiple times this year due to the conditions, and the landmark centerpiece mountain was also a work in progress. Interesting fact....the dates for Sandfest are based upon the tides annually - predicted high tides and sand sculptures are a bad combination, which the organizers learned the hard way early on.
Sunflower Beach was happy to be a sponsor of this fun-filled event - shine (or rain)! This year marked 19 years for the festival, and the organizers say that sales were up for the food, beer and other vendors. The sun came out Saturday afternoon as a reward for all the hard work and determination of all to have a great weekend! Another great day in Port A!