Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Building Sand Sculptures Is No Beach

PORT ARANSAS, Texas (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Building big sand sculptures is no day at the beach.

Master sculptors from around the world are gathering in Port Aransas, Texas, this Friday (Apr. 18) through Sunday (Apr. 20) to compete in the 12th Annual Texas SandFest, a sand sculpture building competition.

Contestants get three tons of sand and 21 hours to complete their masterpieces, doing backbreaking work under the hot sun while dealing with rowdy vandals.

Event director Elleece Calvert explains, “We have security watching the sculptures, but one year a drunken visitor jumped inside one and completely destroyed it. The sculptors had to start all over again, but we pressed charges against him.”

Though the designs are kept hush hush until the day of the competition, Calvert says the only thing dirty about the sculptures will be the sand.

She assures, “They keep us in suspense, but they all know the rules. It has to be pleasing to all ages, and nothing risque.”

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