CANNON BEACH, OREGON WILL HOST ITS 51st ANNUAL SANDCASTLE CONTEST JUNE 20, 2015
Cannon Beach, Oregon will celebrate the 51st annual Sandcastle Contest on Saturday, June 20, 2015. The event is one of the oldest sandcastle contests in Oregon and the most popular annual event in Cannon Beach. Dozens of teams participate in the contest with divisions for Masters, who compete for cash prizes; plus large group, small group and children’s divisions with winners receiving medals and ribbons. Sandcastle building plots are laid out in the morning, a back hoe digs holes nearby to provide a water source. Masters teams typically utilize construction forms, similar to those used for pouring concrete. Sand is shoveled, tamped and packed into the forms to make large, elaborate sand sculpture creations possible without crumbling under their own weight. The creations are best viewed right before judging takes place and winners are announced. The temporary works of art are usually washed away with the next high tide. Make hotel reservations early for this popular weekend. This is the only day of the year parking is allowed on the beach in Cannon Beach, accommodating thousands of day trippers. For information on the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest or entry forms, contact the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623 Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest History: A tsunami is credited with being the genesis of the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest. An earthquake in Alaska in March of 1964 created a tsunami wave that hit the Northwest coast. Cannon Beach’s downtown suffered from flooding and the Ecola Creek bridge was washed away. Local residents got together that summer to put on a community Sandcastle Contest to raise spirits. Recognizing the potential draw of such an event, the event was promoted to the public the next year in an effort to bring tourists back to town. The event grew, began attracting tens of thousands of visitors and the Sandcastle Contest weekend is still one of the busiest weekends of the year for Cannon Beach.