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Families build castles in the sand in annual contest on Balboa Island

On Saturday, July 30, 17 teams showed up in the morning to compete in the annual Balboa Island Family Sandcastle Contest. The Ruby and North Bay Front beach was groomed and plotted out so each team had their designated building area. There were a variety of competitors, including a team of one girl, a couple of sisters, cousins, mom and the kids, as well as several multi-general families (grandparents helping the grandkids).

Familes build early beach crew

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Photos courtesy of Chris Crosson

Chris Crosson (center) and his early beach crew ready the sand for castle building

After two hours, time was called and the judging began. Every team’s efforts produced something special. Team Donuts came with a plan to build the iconic La Sagrada Familia from Barcelona. Team Party Larson thought on a grand scale and built the tallest sandcastle. Team O’Brian Family won first place with their muscular octopus.

Families build La Sagrada Familia

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A member of Team Donuts building a rendition of the iconic La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Families build Team Party Larson

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Team Party Larson built the tallest sandcastle

Families build Team O'Brian

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Team O’Brian Family built their muscular octopus in the sand

Families build McManus Kids

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McManus youngsters enjoy their castle in the sand

Families build Team Sequoia

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A young member of Team Sequoia

Families build Team Castle Cousins

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Team Castle Cousins and their sandcastle sculpture

Families build Team Balboa Fun Zone

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Team Balboa Fun Zone with their sand creation

Everyone received a certificate and a Dad’s Donut hippo cookie. The event was sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association and managed by Chris Crosson and his daughter, Stephanie Crosson.