The 2015 AIA SandCastle Competition

AIA Sandcastle
Saturday May 30, 2015
Event update as of Thursday May 28 at 11AM:
AIA Sandcastle will be held Saturday May 30, 2015.
No changes to the Sandcastle event. Event will proceed rain or shine. The beach is beautiful.

The AIA SandCastle Competition is a fund-raising event for AIA Houston and ArCH Foundation as well as one of the top five revenue generating events for the City of Galveston. This year over 60 teams have their eyes and shovels set on winning the prestigious Golden Bucket Award. Firms begin months in advance generating ideas, developing designs, and assigning duties. On the day of the event the teams, stretched along the beach front, meticulously sculpt their piles of sand and work non-stop for five hours.

The judging of the sculptures is rated on originality of concept, artistic execution, technical difficulty, carving technique, and utilization of the site. In addition to the Golden Bucket, awards are given in several categories including Best Traditional, That’s Entertainment, Most Complex, Stars & Stripes, Best Architectural, Most Hilarious, Most Lifelike/Realistic as well as best team t-shirt design, best team signage, best costume, and public favorite. At the end of the day, everyone goes home with memories of a great day at the beach filled with fun, sand, and sun.

The event is underwritten by Thomas Printworks.

Event Day

6:30am Beach opens for teams and sponsors
9:00am Public is encouraged to begin to arrive to watch the competition.
10:00am – 3:00pm Teams compete and build.
1:00pm – 3:30pm Public favorite voting
3:00 – 4:30pm Judging
4:30pm Awards Ceremony

Parking at East Beach Galveston is $10 cash only collected by the Galveston Parks Board. There is no ATM.  ADDITIONAL PARKING AND SHUTTLE BUSES WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM STEWART BEACH. 

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