Sand Castle & Sculpture Official Contest Rules

2020 sand castle - turtle city


  1. Sand Castles and Sand Sculptures must consist of sand only with the exception of wood, rocks, shells, etc. found on the beach the day of the contest and used as decorations only.  NO GLASS OR LIVE ANIMALS, PLEASE.
  2. No superstructures or permanent forms of any kind shall be incorporated in your structure.
  3. Sand forms (flower pots, milk cartons, buckets, etc.) may be used but only as forms.
  4. The use of shovels, hoes, spatulas is permitted.
  5. The Castle or Sculpture must be confined within your allotted space.
  6. No collecting of live animals or egg cases from wet beach and mudflat areas.
  7. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Contest begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 12:00 noon.  Judging begins at 12:00 noon until approximately 1:00 p.m.
  8. Structures must be completed by the deadline time of 12:00 noon or upon arrival of the first Judge.

2020 sand castle - winner


  • DESIGN - 30 Points (originality of subjects and design)
  • DETAIL - 30 Points (originality of shape, lines and space)
  • NEATNESS - 20 Points (sharp relief, balanced proportions overall)
  • TECHNIQUE - 20 Points (use of forms, drop method, shaping of aches, etc.)