lesson banner

Sand Castle Days 2000 Update

The Sand Castle Days committee has been meeting to discuss important issues over some pies at D'Joint lately and we are proud (and relieved) to announce that we have.... a date! (Oct. 18-21) a location! (the beach in front of Boomerang Billy's) and some goals! (expand the budget; bring back the master sculptors; make our already superior open contest even bigger and better; and expand the budget some more.)

With our fearless leader - the most Amazin' Walter - at the helm, Sand Castle Days lucky #13 will no doubt be the best ever. (And if it is not, well... we will have someone specific upon whom to lay the blame.) So when Amazin' comes knocking on your door - and he claims he will get around to everybody eventually - please remember that you cannot run and you cannot hide so you might as well go ahead and write out that big fat check right now and get it over with.

The Agenda

Everything is still in the planning stages and subject to change of course, but here is the schedule of events as it currently stands:

Giant Demo Sculpture 10/18-19 at contest site - South Padre’s own professional sand sculptors (and local color), the Sons of the Beach Sand Castle Wizards featuring special celebrity guest sculptors (i.e. maybe Dad Feet!?) will work on a very large pile of sand featuring the logos of the major sponsors and a lot of other frivolous stuff. A late afternoon “FREE Tips from Sandy Feet, Queen of Sand Castles” (that would be me) will be offered for anyone who is interested near the logo castle on both days.

Masters Category, 10/20-21 You asked us to bring back the masters and we are all too happy to comply. Expect to see the work of 5-10 of the world's most talented sand sculptors right here on our beach , Fri.-Sat., duking it out for the $1500 first place prize.
Also on Friday - Everyone is invited to participate in the building of “Mountain of Magic” an instructional, noncompetitive project organized and directed by the San Marcos Suns. This Hands On Group Build is for "kids" of all ages.

Open Competition 10/21 Joining the masters on Saturday morning for another 8:00 start are the competitors in the 4th annual Texas Amateur Championship - the Texas Two Step of sand competitions! This is a duo event, with 2 person teams competing for a $500 first-place prize. Previous winners of this event are now making marks in masters' competitions around the country.
Other open categories include teams, solo, adults, and kids, with cash prizes offered in three places in all categories. SPI has won fame around the world for having the best open competition show and it just keeps getting better every year.

The 2nd annual South Texas Snowball Challenge - Invited celebrities and dignitaries organize into impromptu teams, form sandy snowballs, and attempt to toss them into a bucket of water. “It’s nuts!” “It’s crazy!” “It’s fun!”, were some of the reactions to last year's event. ( Our money is on Mayor Ed.)

We are really going to be pushing to get the whole community involved this year. Sponsorships start very low (we will need pens for onsite registration) and go very high (for the right amount we are prepared to change the contest name to "Joe's Bait Stand's SPI Sand Castle Days.")
Find the very latest SCDays info at www.sandcastledays.com.


For the first time ever, I am going to enter the masters division of the SPI Sand Castle Days competition.... and I need a sponsor. Bids start at $500, and here is what you will get for your money:
• your name on the demo sculpture
• your sign in my plot
• your name, logo or likeness worked into my sculpture design
• an 8"x10" suitable-for-framing glossy print of the finished sculpture
• your banner and a link to your web-site from my high-traffic pages at sandyfeet.com

Bidding ends on Sept 1, 2000 -- I will need some time to work up a design and practice it prior to the contest. The person/business offering the largest sponsorship donation over $500 wins. I will be happy to hear any ideas the winning bidder might have on the subject of my sculpture and will of course have some of my own. (I should note here that I personally will not receive any of this sponsorship money - unless I win, of course! All monies go directly into the SPI Sand Castle Days account to cover event expenses.)
Interested persons should contact me ASAP (info below.)

There are five (5) ways to submit your questions/comments for future Ask Sandy columns: In person; by phone (761-6222) or fax (761-8930); the US Postal System (box 2694,spi,78597) and E-mail: (sandyfeet@unlitter.com). Visit my web-site (http://spionline.com/) for tips on sandcastling, contest info, recent Ask Sandy columns, and my reviews of local businesses.

See some more sandy feet columns


south padre island on line