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Louise Cihon learns about building sandcastles.

Sand castle festival takes over Long Beach in mid-July

This fun, popular event runs July 19-23, 2022.

Did you know there’s actual science behind sand castles?

It’s called “surface tension.”

Surface tension is the force that causes water molecules to be attracted to one another and it’s the strength behind great sandcastle building. So, add a little science fact to the fun when you pile in the car and head to the Sandsations Sand Castle Festival in Long Beach. This annual festival runs July 19-23 (2022).

Pack your buckets, shovels and tools and set to work on an enormous family castle. There will be inspiration aplenty – master sculptors from around the country will be on the beach, building incredible sand art as part of the Sand Castle Competition.

Large-scale sculptures can be viewed all along the shoreline near the Bolstad Beach Approach and at participating businesses around town who sponsored sculptures in front of their storefronts.

Don’t miss the individual and family sand castle competition entries or, better yet, enter your family! Learn how to build castles at sand sculptor-
led drop-in classes for families.


Not too far from the sand castle festival:

Cape Disappointment: a fun, year-round escape with two lighthouses

Surf, sand and mermaids: Westport is fun for the whole family

Seabrook is a family-friendly, beachy getaway


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