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Imperial Beach Sand Castle Competition Winners for 2017

2017 Sun & Sea Festival took place July 14-15

The theme for this year's annual sand castle competition in Imperial Beach was "Pirates in Paradise" and the builders did not disappoint.

This long-standing tradition returned Friday and Saturday to the Portwood Pier Plaza, showcasing the talents of world-class sandcastle sculptors.

The Sun & Sea Festival organizers have announced the winners of this year's competition and released images of their work.

2017 Imperial Beach Sand Castle Competition

The winning sculptors were:

Masters Class

  • First Place – The Sandcastle Man Name of sculpture: Misty Mountain
  • Second Place – I.B. Posse Name of sculpture: Smell The Roses
  • Third Place – Sculpting San Diego Name of sculpture: Social Extinction

Open Class

  • First Place: I.B. Posse Family Name of sculpture: Captain’s Cove
  • Second Place: Guardians of the Sand Lot Name of sculpture: Alice in Wonderland
  • Third Place: Sculpintures Name of sculpture: POGO IB

People’s Choice Award:

  • Team: Howies Crew Name of sculpture: Medieval Castle


The free, two-day festival included a community parade, live music, arts and crafts for the kids, an international food fair and a sand sculpting competition for children.


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