CANNON BEACH, Ore. -- The 46th annual Sandcastle Day at Cannon Beach attracts fans and artists alike every year.
A tradition since 1964 and one of the largest events of its kind on the West Coast— the event showcases hundreds of castles and sculptures created by competitive professional teams, individual sandcastle masters, local veterans, novices and other beach visitors.
This year, the event is scheduled for Saturday, June 19. All the fun and action begins at 9:30 a.m. when masters begin construction of their sandcastles, followed at 10:30 a.m. when digging gets underway for casual competitors. The event culminates with an awards presentation at 1:30 p.m.
Following the contest, Cannon Beach City Park will be the scene of an open air concert, cook-out and family fun activities from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The festivities will be open to the public.
Cannon Beach’s Sandcastle Day tradition began in 1964 when a tsunami washed out the bridge and residents were relatively isolated until a new bridge could be built. That spring, families from the community gathered for a Sandcastle contest to entertain their children and attract visitors willing to brave the difficult access.
For more information about the 46th annual Sandcastle Day and Cannon Beach’s year-around offerings, visit the Cannon Beach Website.