Annual sand sculpture contest at Indiana Dune State Park, July 14

Watch the sand come alive or participate with friends and family at the 21st annual sand sculpture contest at Indiana Dunes State Park on Saturday, July 14.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. on the west end of the pavilion and continues through 11 a.m. or until the field of participants is full. Judging begins at noon, followed by awards at 1 p.m. Teams wanting a jump start may begin as early as 7 a.m.

This year’s theme is movies. Sculptures that follow the theme will earn extra points from judges.

Thanks to the support of the Friends of Indiana Dunes, prizes will be awarded in two categories, one for teams of children ages 15 and younger, and another for individuals and families numbering fewer than eight.

Between noon and 1 p.m., observers can vote for their favorite under the category of the Viewer’s Choice Award.

“With a broader theme like movies, the sky’s the limit,” said Marie Laudeman, interpretive naturalist. “This will be a fun opportunity for visitors to hike our beach and see if they can guess the movie characters or scenes that the contestants have depicted.”

Participation in the contest is free after paying the standard gate fee of $7 per in-state vehicle and $12 per out-of-state vehicle.

For more information, call 219-926-1390.

Indiana Dunes State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2980.htm) is at 1600 North 25 E. Chesterton, 46304.

 

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