Sand modellers go to work on the beach at Brunswick Heads at last year’s event.
Sand modellers go to work on the beach at Brunswick Heads at last year’s event.

Modellers dig sandcastle contest

After its runaway success last year, the Fun Sandcastle Competition is on again at Brunswick Heads beach on Monday hosted by the Brunswick Heads Progress Association (BHPA).


“We’ve called it the Fun Sandcastle Competition because, as opposed to the sand modelling contests designed for professionals, this competition is really about good old-fashioned family holiday fun at the beach,” BHPA president Gloria Mills said.


“Both kids and adults are encouraged to come along and get creative in the sand and prizes will be awarded for the best four creations in each division.”


Last year’s sand creations included inventive motorways, intricate castles, dolphins and turtles, to name a few.


“We’re looking forward to seeing what crazy and wonderful sandcastles our entrants come up with this year,” Mrs Mills said.


To get involved, you need to register at the beach, between the South Wall and the Surf Club in Brunswick Heads at 2.30pm. The competition kicks off at 3pm sharp.


The age divisions include 7 years and under, 8 to 12 years, 13 to 15 years and 16 years and up (the adult division).


“We had lots of adults hesitant to enter last year because they thought the competition was really for the kids – but this year we want the adults to get in and have a go, too,” Mrs Mills said.


“We’re all kids at heart and we’ve all spent hours digging in the sand so there’s no reason adults can’t join the kids and show them how it’s done.”


While entry is free, there are a few rules. You must not enter the plot of sand allotted to you before the start time.

You must supply your own bucket and spade if you wish to use them. Only one person is allowed in a plot. No helpers are allowed in your plot and your creation must be built using only natural beach materials.


The event is sponsored by North Coast Holiday Parks, Brunswick Heads CWA and the NSW Cancer Council.


“We thank our sponsors and also the Brunswick Heads businesses who have generously donated prizes,” Mrs Mills said.


If cancelled due to bad weather, the competition will be held at the same time and place on January 10.


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