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U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition this weekend in Imperial Beach

July 15, 2009 | 12:37 pm


The 29th annual U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition will be taking place this weekend in Imperial Beach, Calif., and there are sure to be some impressive creations beyond castles.

The largest contest of its kind in the country, the event attracts sand-carving teams from across the U.S. and draws more than 300,000 visitors.

The sculpting begins at 9 a.m. Sunday and continues until 2 p.m., when officials will judge entries in various divisions and award prizes.

On Saturday there will be a sand-sculpting contest for children, giving kids 12 or younger a chance to win various prizes.

A street festival along Seacoast Drive on both days will feature live music, local food and craft vendors.

The works of sand art will be available for viewing until 4 p.m. each day, when high tide begins moving in to wash away the sculptures.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photos courtesy of Imperial Beach Chamber of Commerce