Arvada residents and businesses will play in the sand in a serious way next weekend.
Sand in the City, a sand sculpture contest, is making its Arvada debut June 14-15 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd, hosted by the chamber of commerce.
“If you’re familiar with the ice sculptures in Vail, we’re doing that with sand,” said Chamber of Commerce President Dot Wright.
Eleven teams have been formed from local businesses and residents to compete in this beachy bout.
“Companies have been paired with architects and master sculptors to create gorgeous sand sculptures,” Wright said. “In May they had a practice session and the teams practiced with their master sculptors to make their image come to life on sand. It’s amazing what they’re able to do.”
On the big day though, Friday, June 14, the teams are mostly left to their own training and talent to create their sculptures as their master sculptors watch on.
Festival attendees will have the chance to see the pros at work though.
“All day Saturday we’ll have the master sculptors get together to sculpt a big sand sculpture,” Wright said. “People will be able to see them sculpt and how they do it is amazing.”
The teams’ sculptures will be created from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14 outside of the Arvada Center.
At 4 p.m. prizes will be awarded for the top three, as picked by celebrity judges including Mayor Marc Williams, Gregg Moss, Police Chief Don Wick and Ms. Colorado Senior Debbie Buczkowski.
Another award — the “People’s Choice” award — will be given on Saturday. Attendees will have the opportunity to buy “sand dollars” at the festival to use to vote for their favorite sculpture.
Sand isn’t the only summer fun at the festival though.
The Sand in the City Festival will also feature amusement park rides, live music, food vendors, retail vendors, a sand volleyball pit and two giant sandboxes for children — one to build sandcastles in and one in which to search for buried treasure.
The Sand in the City Festival is fun for everyone, Wright said.
“It’s a great outdoor festival for the whole family,” she said. “There will be food, music, sandcastles, sun, amusement park rides. What more can you ask for in a festival?”
Sand for the competition and other activities is provided through Integrated Snow Removal.
Sand in the City is from 4-8 p.m. Friday, June 14, and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 15, outside of the Arvada Center.