Sun, Fun, and Sandcastles

U.S. Sandcastle Open Kicks off Saturday

By Lindsay Hood
|  Saturday, Aug 7, 2010  |  Updated 9:31 AM PDT
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U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition 2010

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The 30th Anniversary of the U.S. Sandcastle Open kicks off on Saturday in Imperial Beach. The event is largest sandcastle-building competition in the United States.

For two days, people will be able to watch as artists put together some exciting displays of craftsmanship.

 “We’d like to introduce the competition to a new generation of sandcastle builders in Imperial Beach, welcome returning participants that have made USOSC a tradition in their families and invite new attendees to experience classic Southern California," said committee chairperson Debbie Longley said in a statement. "It’s not just a day at the beach."

A new category has been added to the amateur competition -- Creative Castles, Classic California.

As always, spectators can take a break from the sand and enjoy the street fair on Seacoast Drive, where more than 140 vendors will be selling food, art, jewelry and clothing. The street fair is open Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event attracts 325,000 people to Imperial Beach.

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