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Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest 2016 Results

Dragons and other mythical monsters appeared as if by magic and sandcastles climbed skyward during the 52nd annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle contest June 11. Teams of masters and amateurs of all ages competed to see whose creation would win top honors and the results delighted an estimated crowd of several thousand. Continue Reading...

Enormous shapes and structures emerged from the sand over the course of just a handful of hours, as teams of masters and amateurs alike constructed remarkable castles and creatures near Haystack Rock hoping to win the judges’ favor with their work. Teams are measured on everything from adherence to the rules to things like enthusiasm and teamwork. Judges look for teams to only have the allowed number of members and to only utilize materials that can be found on the beach. Ideally, winning teams are pushing the boundaries of the imagination and what can be done built out of sand.

Winning teams constructed a variety of sculptures ranging from satirical to beastly in nature. Top Masters team True Grit gave life to the ‘American Standard,’ as they called it, building a donkey and elephant, both on tractors pulling apart a ballot. Second-place team Form Finders gave life to the Alice in Wonderland story with the Queen of Hearts, Cheshire Cat and playing card subjects alongside the queen’s castle. Team My Grains took third with a monstrous creature consuming trucks and VWs foolish enough to take his misleading detour. Read on for the complete list of winners and be sure to save the date for next year’s contest on June 17, 2017.

2016 Winners


First: True Grit

Second: Form Finders

Third: My Grains

Large Group

First: Team Tie Dye

Second: Dottie’s Diggers

Third: Team Pug Love

Small Group

First: Sandcastle Kit

Second: The Sand Pipers

Third: Bronco Gallery


First: Sea Turtles

Second: Block Builders

Third: Gordon Fubbles


First: Sisters

Second: Boogie Monster

Third: Tanana Puffins

Sand Fleas

All teams are winners!

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