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Don’t get stuck in traffic; park, catch a ride on shuttle

Getting to and from Texas SandFest 2017 will be easy thanks to a free shuttle.  SandFest organizers have arranged for RTA (Regional Transportation Authority) busses to provide transportation to and from the site for free.  Buses will run fr More...

Beach rules help folks stay safe and have fun

Residents and visitors look forward to SandFest, but there are rules and a few precautions to make to be sure everyone stays safe on the beach during the event.  While golf carts (not ATVs) are allowed on the beach, they may not be taken into th More...

Action-packed fun added to SandFest

SandFest just got even more fun. More...

Sand, sun and fun!

SandFest is more than a sand sculpture contest. The vendor area offers food, drinks and a wide variety of merchandise to peruse and purchase. More...

Festival features LIVE MUSIC DA I LY

Friday, April 21  • Noon-1:30 p.m. Selfie • 2-4 p.m. The Buffalo Trio • 4:30-6:30 p.m. Charley Crockett  Saturday, April 22   More...

SandFest celebrates its 21st year

The first SandFest was held in March 1997 when “hundreds,” as opposed to “tens of thousands” in the past decade or more, attended. More...

Division Rules

Masters Division Rules

Plots: All work must be done within designated plot using only sand within that plot.  Plot sizes: Solo – 20’ x 20’; Duo – 30’ x30’  More...

Advanced Amateur Division Rules

All work must be done within your designated plot.  • Plot size is 15’ x15’.  • All work will be done using only the sand in your designated plot. Nothing may be added to the sand except water. More...

Amateur Rules

Adult/Teen Solo and Teams

Register and pay online at www.texassandfest.org by April 14. Open to the first 75 solos/ teams to register.  Categories  • Adult Solo - Ages 18+  More...

Winners

2016 SandFest Winners

SandFest 2016  Masters Winners  Duo Division   First Place - ‘Youth’s Entrepreneurial  Endeavor Results in Lingual Dilemma’  More...

Master First Place - Duo

‘Youth’s Entrepreneurial Endeavor Results in Lingual Dilemma’ by Morgan Rudluff and Abe Waterman They also won the People’s Choice award for the duo division.   More...

Master First Place - Solo

‘Spellbound’ by Delayne Corbett He also won the People’s Choice award for the solo division.   More...

SandFest at a Glance

What: Sand sculpture competition for masters, advanced amateurs, guppy, youth, teens and adult amateurs.  When: Friday - Sunday, April 21-23  Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day   More...

2017 Texas SandFest Schedule

APRIL 21 - 23, 2017

GATES OPEN AT 9 EACH DAY More...

She said yes!

The award presentations at the 2016 Texas SandFest took a surprising turn when sand sculptor Abe Waterman went down on bended knee and asked his girlfriend and sandsculpting partner, Morgan Rudluff, to marry him. More...

Win this golf cart!

Win an E-Z-GO Express L6 golf cart at the 2017 Texas SandFest.  The golf cart, valued at $18,000, has custom body wrap, custom aluminum canopy with matching canvas, two-tone seats, a Kicker four-speaker stereo system, custom 12-inch wheels, unde More...

Sand sculpting lessons are free at ’17 festival

Learn sand sculpting from some experts during SandFest.  Free sand sculpting lessons are available in an area known as Lesson Mountain.  The pile of sand is located in the amateur contest area at the south end of the festival site. More...

Sand Sculpting for Dummies

Ready to get started? Sandy Feet (Lucinda Wierenga), one of the original “Sons of the Beach” (SoBs), is here to give you some tips. More...

SandFest gives back to community

Nonprofits profit from last year’s SandFest

The Texas SandFest 2016 board held a Sponsor Recognition, Volunteer Thank You and Big Check party on Thursday, May 19, at La Barataria Restaurant.  More...

Solos

John Gowdy

Castelfranco, Italy

John is an American who has relocated to Castelfranco, Italy near Venice to pursue his interest in art. He sculpts sand, marble and paints for audiences around the world.  More...

Delayne Corbett

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Born in Nelson, British Columbia, Delayne grew up all across Canada. The abundant nature and raw materials like wood, stone, ice, snow and sand guided him early onto a creative path.  More...

Todd Pangborn

Jamestown, New York

Todd’s passion for sand sculpting began in 1997 while on a family vacation to Virginia Beach. His wife and two daughters were mesmerized as he made his first sand sculpture. More...

Duos

Lucinda Wierenga

South Padre Island

Lucinda “Sandy Feet,” has won a modest amount of international fame with her sand sculpting skills, competing at major events all around the world since 1987.  More...

Emerson Schreiner

Grand Rapids, Mich. & South Padre Island

Emerson Schreiner is a painter and sand sculptor who splits his time between Grand Rapids, Michigan and South Padre Island. More...

Walter McDonald

South Padre Island

At 73, Walter “Amazin’ Walter” McDonald may be the oldest sand sculptor in “captivity.”  “Sand has taken over my life,” he says.  McDonald has carved sand since 1986, and it has taken him to China, More...

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