On occasion, the gray waters of the Texas Gulf Coast call to us (see Galveston ) and despite oil platforms clearly visible from our beach chairs, we can't seem to resist its lure of it's sandy beaches, the sound of waves crashing ashore and seagulls cawing. So when we heard about the annual sand sculpture competition - Texas Sandfest - being hosted in one of our favorite seaside communities, Port Aransas, we were all over it.
Sandfest draws nationally known artists, amateur sculptors and over 100,000 visitors to this sleepy beach town just outside of Corpus Christi. They come in RV's, tents and teepees for the three day festival. Who knew?
The sand-sculptors are given a specific time frame in order to complete their work. Forms, molds or stamps are not allowed and the only 'adhesive' they can use is a spray sealant provided by the Sandfest organizers.
|This sculptor won first place in the amateur division last year - which gave him an invitation to compete with the pro's this year.|
|"Monsters Under My Bed"|
|"Horny Toads" - sunbathing|
|1st Place Winner - People's Choice Winner|
Sandcastle lessons were offered and an amateur-class competition was included.
|Castle building lessons|
Back to Texas Sandfest...
This guy's home-made wind generator peaked Mr. Something's interest...something to do with a car alternator...
|My new BFF, Grill Master Mark|