Cannon Beach Virtual Sandcastle Contest

Summer of Sandcastles June 5 through September 6, 2021

Previous Castle from “Team Mai Tai Crew”

An official save the date announcement from the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce Sandcastle Committee; the 57th annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest will be a virtual Summer of Sandcastles with the kick-off June 5. The virtual competition is intended to be a COVID-safe alternative during this time requiring physical distancing for public safety. So, start sketching your dream sand creation for 2021!

The committee is working on COVID-safe small celebratory events to accompany the virtual contest such as music. More to come as planning develops so keep an eye on our Sandcastle Contest webpage and Facebook page for updates.

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.”

Volunteer and Committee Chair Debbie Nelson said “It’s fun to come across a sandcastle while walking on the beach. We have encouraged past teams to come create and build on their own through September 6th. I can’t wait to find the sandcastles and sculptures they build!”

Supporters and collectors can buy 2021 limited edition posters and other merchandise when they become available online and in-person at our Information Center.

Event URL: For more information and to view all our 2020 entries visit our event webpage Below are last year’s winners for the two categories: With Haystack Rock and Without Haystack Rock.

Previous Castle from “Team Sandcastle”

Email your questions to and follow us on Facebook @CannonBeachSandcastleContest.

Health disclaimer: “Cannon Beach is committed to the health and safety of everyone in our community”

Contact Information:
Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce
PR Contact: Jim Paino
PO Box 64 | 207 North Spruce Street
Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110

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