By Trish Bowman
This year’s CQ Today Sand Sculpture competition at the Great Australia Day Beach Party at Yeppoon foreshore on January 26 is set to bring imaginations alive.
The competition offers more than $1000 in cash and prize vouchers to be won for budding sand sculpture artists of all ages at the popular family competition.
Capricorn Coast Community Events games coordinator Mr Alister Gill said they expect the action will be thick and fast when the Sand Sculpture competition gets underway from 11am with spades, buckets, and no shortage of artistic creativity.
“Previously we have had up to 50 entries, and each year they become more creative, drawing inspiration from all walks of life,” Mr Gill said.
“Every year the sand sculpture competition draws keen interest from family groups and individuals of all ages and this year with cash and prizes totalling more than $1000 we are expecting record entries.
“I always enjoy seeing the ingenuity and creativity from teams and individuals as they include assorted beach finds to their masterpieces. From multi-generational family groups, friends, and individuals enjoying Australia Day fun on the beach, it doesn’t get much better.
“This is an event that everyone can participate in either as a team or with individual entries and it is absolutely free.”
Sculpture themes are up to the participants’ imagination. Past sculptures have ranged from Australia Day themes to marine animals, environmental, abstract art, traditional sandcastles, and things as simple as the humble thong.
Mr Gill said the only limitation is that the sculptures must be made with hand tools only and predominantly using materials found on the beach and of course we will be encouraging everyone to ‘slip, slop, slap’ and wear a sun smart hat.
Contestants will have up to two and a half hours to complete their masterpieces and judges will be looking for creativity and imaginative creations.
Contestants can register at the administration gazebo from 10.30am in the three categories – Midgets (up to 7 years), Juniors (8 to 14 years) and Open (all ages). Contestants are allocated an area of beach of approximately 6x6m in the Open section, and 4x4m in the Midget and Junior sections.
All attendees will be responsible to check-in with the Queensland Check-In App. There will be multiple QR Code Check-in Signs around the event area for individuals and/or family groups to check-in.
Audience members attending will be able to move freely to and from the site and unvaccinated audience members will not be excluded from the festivities. All attendees will be responsible of ensuring they socially distance.