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Thursday, August 19, 2021


Among the top “Golden Shovel” winners of the Carmel-by-the-Bay/AIA Sandcastle building contest over the years was the castle built by the Mehringer Family of Monterey, CA in 2013.
For six decades, a late-summer tradition in Carmel-by-the-Sea has left no doubt that building sandcastles is not just child’s play. Taken seriously, with artistic and architectural elements on full display, The Great Sandcastle Contest on Carmel Beach has become a major event on anyone’s calendar. 

Brought to life by the city of Carmel-by-the-Sea and the Monterey Bay chapter of the American Institute of Architects, this year’s 60th annual event on Saturday, Oct. 2 features the theme “Sixty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.” 

The contest is held on the sand, south of 10th Avenue. Construction begins at 8 a.m. with judging at noon. Anyone interested in building a castle can enter the contest, and judges bestow awards in multiple categories, from the coveted Golden Shovel, to the tongue-in-cheek Sour Grapes. 

And because bribery (non-monetary) is encouraged, it's not unusual to see platters of food, bottles of wine, and other indulgences being offered to those in charge. For more information call Carmel Community Services at (831) 620-2020. 


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