The 32nd Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition will take place on Saturday, August 25th, 10am-4:30pm at East Beach in Galveston. This year over 60 teams have their eyes and shovels set on winning the prestigious Golden Bucket Award.
Firms begin months in advance generating ideas, developing designs, and assigning duties. On the day of the event the teams, stretched along the beachfront, meticulously sculpt their piles of sand and work non-stop for five hours.
The judging of the sculptures is rated on originality of concept, artistic execution, technical difficulty, carving technique, and utilization of the site. In addition to the Golden Bucket, awards are given in several categories including Best Traditional Castle, Best Architectural Icon, Kidtastic LEGO Edition, Best Science Fiction, Best Sports, and Houston-centric, as well as Best Team T-shirt design, Best Team Signage, Best Costume, and Public Favorite. At the end of the day, everyone goes home with memories of a great day at the beach filled with fun, sand, and sun.
East Beach is located at 1923 Boddeker, Galveston. For more info call (713)520-0155. The AIA SandCastle Competition is a fundraising event for AIA Houston and ARCH Foundation as well as one of the top five revenue-generating events for the City of Galveston.
The sandcastles are free to browse however there is a $15 fee to enter and park at East Beach.