Cannon Beach 2016 Sandcastle Contest

Don’t miss this years 52nd annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle competition on Saturday June 11th.
Rules for the sandcastle competition include  “All Teams Must Have Fun!”

Monumental sculptures of sand to appear on Cannon Beach during the June 11th Sandcastle Contest.
Master artists build on tradition, creating sculptures of sand that are washed away by the next high tide at the 52nd annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

canon beach 3Cannon Beach, Oregon, will host its annual Sandcastle Contest Saturday, June 11, the oldest competition of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and the most popular event in this Oregon Coast town. Dozens of teams of professional sand sculpture artists, amateur groups and families will construct remarkable creations in the sand during the event. The Masters division teams compete for cash prizes and construct large, elaborate creations often utilizing construction forms similar to those used for pouring concrete in order to accomplish their monumental size.

cannon beach 2Although the sand sculpture contest on Saturday is the highlight of the weekend, visitors will find plenty of other activities to keep them busy. Weekend activities include a Friday night concert at the Coaster Theatre featuring 3 Leg Torso, an award-winning quintet specializing in an eclectic synthesis of chamber music, tango, klezmer, latin and Gypsy music. Additional weekend events include a parade, beach bonfire and 5K fun run and walk.

Judging of the sandcastles will be at 1:30pm this year, making 11:30am-2pm the best time for viewing the completed sculptures. The tide will determine how long the sculptures last.

In 2014, the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest was recognized as an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, making it one of just 11 events statewide to achieve such a designation. An Oregon Heritage Tradition is an event with broad public appeal, with at least 50 years of continuous operation and that contributes to the identity of the state. 

cannon beach 8Make lodging reservations early for this popular weekend as hotels typically sell out all rooms in advance. Day-trippers should plan on arriving early. The Sandcastle Contest is the only day of the year when the beach is used for parking to accommodate the large crowds. For information on the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest or information on how to participate, contact the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623. For lodging information, visit

Article  & sandcastle photos courtesy of Explorer Media Group  |  Website

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