Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest Update

Photo by George Vetter

An official announcement from the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce Sandcastle Committee; the 56th annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest will not be held as planned on June 13, 2020. Instead, June 13 will kick off a “Summer of Sandcastles” virtual competition intended to keep the spirit of the event alive during this time requiring physical distancing for public safety.

Cannon Beach has hosted this Oregon Heritage Tradition event since 1964. Chamber Executive Director, James Paino explained, “The health of our community, volunteers, competitors, and attendees must come first. Rather than a one day, large-crowd event, the virtual contest goes the entire summer so more builders can safely participate. There’s no entry fee and thanks to our sponsors, Coaster Construction and The Waves Oceanfront Lodging, we’re still able to offer prizes.”

Poster artwork by Devon Edwards

Volunteer and Committee Chair Debbie Nelson said “It’s fun to come across a sandcastle while walking on the beach. We’ve encouraged past teams to come create and build on their own through September 7th. I can’t wait to find the sandcastles and sculptures they build!”

The contest is open to all ages, team sizes, and skill levels. There are two categories to compete in: Submissions with Haystack Rock and Submissions without Haystack Rock.

Full registration and contest details are online

Supporters and collectors can buy artwork, caps, mugs, hoodies, and t-shirts which are available now and will be sold throughout the summer or until sold out.

So sketch your dream sand creation, grab your buckets, shovels, forms, carving tools, sense of adventure, family, friends, and most important … camera — then head to the beach!

(Pre-COVID Contest Video)

For more information, registration, and links to purchase merchandise visit the Annual Events page on

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The 2021 contest is scheduled for June 5th.

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