It was a perfect day for the annual Edmonds Parks and Recreation sand sculpting competition, as teams of friends, families, youth groups, coworkers and businesses turned out for a morning of creativity at Marina Beach Park.
“I’ve been coordinating this event for 11 years,” said Tammy Rankins of Edmonds Parks and Recreation. “People show up rain or shine, but today’s weather is definitely drawing a record crowd.”
And it wasn’t just the sunshine. Wednesday’s minus-2 low tide exposed acres of soft, damp sand, perfect for building everything from traditional castles, to sea monsters, to — yes, you guessed it — Pokemon.
Judges Marni Muir, Dan Robles and Mayor Dave Earling had a tough time selecting the top entries, but with a day like this, everyone comes out on top. Winners received sand buckets packed with salt water taffy, courtesy of Edmonds’ Nama’s Candies, and there was plenty to share.
“I really love seeing folks out enjoying our parks and beaches,” Earling said. “And it’s a real treat for me to get out today and enjoy it with them!”
This year’s winners:
1. Heart Gate Castle created by Team Sand Castle Masters (Anna K. and Sofia K. from Dublin, CA and Isabella D. and Jackson D. from Sugarland, TX)
2. Pikachu Volt created by Team Pokemon20287 (Joe Scordino, Maddy Tollefson and Grace Tollefson from Edmonds, WA)
3. Hoodini the Magic Owl created by Team Hoodini (Frankie Donatone from Edmonds, WA)
1. Sundial created by Team Yen Design (Audree Yen, Theresa Yen, Cody Dakan, Tony Yen, Raven Hains, Alex Scofield, Frankie Lopez and Nicholas Robert from Shoreline, WA)
2. Pokecastle by Team Varga Family (Ian and Ute Varga)
3. Castle created by Team Aquarium (Carlee Francis, Oaklee Francis, Jagger Francis and Will Hesselgesser from Lynnwood, WA)
Daycamp/Daycare/Other Large Group Category
1. Sea Turtle created Camp Kookamunga Group 4 (Lynnwood Parks & Recreation)
2. Mermaid lying on a Shell created by Team Fish & Chips (Katie, Annalisa, Danika and Grace from the Children’s Center Edmonds, WA)
3. Sea Monster created by Camp Kookamunga Group 11 (Lynnwood Parks & Recreation)
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel