Whoever said building sandcastles was child’s play never visited Bermuda’s sand-centred annual events: the Bermuda Beach Art Festival and the Bermuda Sand Sculpture Competition. Traditionally held the Saturday of Labour Day weekend, the Bermuda Sand Sculpture Competition brings delightful surprises to sun-drenched Horseshoe Bay Beach: Whole treasure chests emerge from the pink sands, along with beautiful mermaids, elaborate ships and even Egyptian pyramids or full-sized Volkswagen bugs. Using plastic buckets, shovels and their bare hands for tools, competitors get to see their artistic creations come to life in one of the most enchanting settings in Bermuda. The various competitive categories include family, children, teenagers, company, tourist and professional. Teams are allowed a maximum of six members, and each is given a 12-foot-by-12-foot stretch of sand to dig and build a sculpture. The event is primarily organised by the Institute of Bermuda Architects and is hosted by the Bermuda Tourism Authority. The first prize is $1,000 for each overall winner. Second prize is $500 and third prize is $250. Admission to the event is free to locals and visitors as well. In 2013, renowned sand sculptor Craig Mutch was one of the artists that shared his expertise. The Bermuda Beach Art Festival truly turns grains of sand into a work of art. Usually held at the end of March, artists gather at beaches across the island to draw intricate designs and pictures right on the sand. Unfortunately, these stunningly beautiful artworks only last until the next high tide, so make sure to view them whilst you can. For those interested in participating, entry is free and you could win a cash prize; tourist entries are welcome. For more details, call the Bermuda Tourism Authority at 296-9200 or visit their website gotobermuda.com, or search Bermuda Beach Art Festival and Bermuda Sand Sculpture Competition on Facebook to contact local organisers.
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