GALVESTON, Texas—For over two decades in the first part of June, Houston area architects, designers, engineers and contractors have taken their tools to East Beach in Galveston for one of the world's largest amateur sandcastle competitions.
The Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) sponsors the annual contest.
This year, 60 teams have their eyes (and shovels) set on winning the prestigious Golden Bucket Award.
The judging of the sandcastles is rated on originality of concept, artistic execution of the concept, technical difficulty, carving technique, and utilization of the site. In addition to the Golden Bucket, Awards are given in 8 different themed categories, as well as for best team T-shirt design, best team signage, best costume and public favorite.
The event is set to take place on Saturday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sandcastle building will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and judging will take place from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The awards ceremony will be held from 4:30 p.m. until 5 p.m.
There will be a $10 cash only parking fee, collected by the Galveston Parks Board. Aside from that, the event is free!