Sand castle artist Damon Langlois puts finishing touches on his octopus at Gyro Park last year.

Art of sand sculpting returns to Cadboro Bay

Greater Victoria's most skilled sand sculptors will descend upon Gyro Park this weekend

Armed with shovels, trowels and pastry knives, some of Greater Victoria’s most skilled sand sculptors will descend upon Gyro Park this weekend to put their artistic talents to the test at the annual Cadboro Bay Festival.

The one-day event, happening Aug. 11, is one of the most popular Saanich summer festivals, drawing between 3,000 and 4,000 people every year to witness the artists at work.

“About six years ago I thought we needed a bit of a different focus, showcasing the park as a backdrop, to make it a little different than our other summer events, and sand-sculpting was a nice fit,” said Rob Phillips, Saanich’s special events co-ordinator. “It really is the jewel of our park system. People instantly recognize the Cadborosaurus and the octopus, and having the sand sculptures in and among those make it a well-known park.”

This year there will be upwards of 10 artists working on five sculptures. The large featured sculpture will have an Arabian Nights theme.

The other four smaller sculptures will be competing for a People’s Choice award for best sand sculpture, and festival-goers will be able to go online to saanichsunfest.ca to vote for their favourite.

The event also features performances by the Victoria Percussion Orchestra, Shag Harbour and Younger Than Yesterday. There will also be food vendors, information displays and activities for the kids, including bouncy castles, face painting and pirate-themed games.

Cadboro Bay Festival runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 11. Overflow parking will be available at the University of Victoria’s parking lot 5, and a shuttle will be on site to take people to and from the beach.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Fate of accused in Saanich couple’s 1987 killings in jury’s hands

William Talbott’s lawyer says DNA doesn’t prove murder

Local grocery store steps up to help resident after Saanich jams her stand

Pepper’s Foods will start selling jams previously sold through roadside stand

Brentwood Bay fruit stand plundered on first day of season

Leeanne and Jack Guthrie dismayed to find money and fruit stolen from roadside stand

Victoria woman accesses healing Burn Fund resources 45 years after injury

Stasi Manser was burned when she was five years old and now works as an adult burn survivor advocate

Federal government commits $9.1 million toward UVic Indigenous Law building

Contribution supports Canada’s first Canada’s first Indigenous Law program

VIDEO: Killer whale steals fisherman’s catch off North Coast

Fishing duel results in eager orca snagging salmon in Prince Rupert

POLL: Do you think the penalty should be increased for tossing a burning cigarette from a vehicle?

With grasslands and forests around Vancouver Island and across B.C. reaching tinder… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 25

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

PHOTOS: North Island home gutted in fire deemed ‘suspicious’

No injuries reported; firefighters prevented blaze from spreading

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Eating sandwiches, putting on makeup behind the wheel could land you a fine

RCMP say if you cause an accident while eating you could be penalized

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

Vancouver Island woman assaulted after confronting thief

RCMP warn residents to call for police assistance

40 cats surrendered in apparent hoarding at B.C. home

Officers found the cats living among piles of garbage and feces, suffering from fleas

Most Read