Registration Open For 84th Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest

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Alfredo’s Beach Club through the Summer Beach Party series, sponsored by the Long Beach Port, is ramping up to host this year’s 84th Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest. The free, two-day community festival featuring professional and semi-professional sand sculptors, food and craft vendors, family friendly kid’s zone, live music, drink garden and more will take place August 13th and 14th at Granada Beach. Event proceeds will benefit the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House.

The Great Sand Sculpture Contest is a Long Beach tradition and one of the city’s most popular summer events. Last year, more than 10,000 people attended the contest. This year, four internationally recognized professional sand sculptors will construct this year’s professional sand sculpture exhibition. New to this year’s contest, a prize will be offered for a new contest showcasing the Western Region’s most impressive semi-professional sculptors. As in prior years, the two-day festival will feature a dynamic community competition, family-friendly kid zone, food and crafts vendor gallery, live music and a beer, wine and drink garden. This year’s event is projecting to attract even more community participants and attendees, and registration for community teams is now open!

The contest couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome over eight talented Southern California based bands, such as Big Bad Rooster, the high-energy Bluegrass band from Long Beach whose sound features a mix of bluegrass, folk, and old time tunes.With additional talent ranging from folk to pop to rock, the notes are the perfect company to plan to sip craft beer and wine in the entertainment garden and enjoy the diverse contest food court.

Proceeds from the Great Sand Sculpture Contest will benefit the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House. A program of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, the House enables family-centered care by helping families stay close to their ill children while receiving hospital care. The House, which opened in 2011, has served over 9,300 individuals, providing families a better overall hospital care experience, strengthened coping abilities, spaces for children and families to play and a better perceived quality of life.

To register as a team or for more contest information, visit at or contact Alfredo’s Beach Shack Content Chair, Katie Gaston, at

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