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