The Arvada Chamber of Commerce hosted the inaugural Sand in the City festival June 14-15 outside of the Arvada Center.
Sand in the City is a sand sculpting competition and Arvada is the only city in the metro area to host such an event.
Teams comprised of residents, businesses and community leaders created sculptures out of sand, from a classic car and Lloyd King, founder of King Soopers, to sunbathing bears and minions from “Despicable Me.”
A panel of judges, including Mayor Marc Williams, council members, Ms. Colorado Senior Debbie Buczkowski, 9News’ Gregg Moss and others, decided the winners of the sand sculpting competition.
Apex Park and Recreation District took second runner-up with their classic hot rod sculpture; Personal Benefit Service Wealth Management and the Arvada Young Professionals were named runner-up for their sandy depiction of Two Pond National Wildlife Refuge; and ERA Waters took first with their “Parts per Minion” sculpture featuring the characters of “Despicable Me.”
Local sculptor David Mitchell won the People’s Choice award for his dolphin sculpture.
The event also included a buried treasure sand pit for children, a giant sand box for children to play in, beach volleyball, inflatables and food.