Sandcastles at Cannon Beach

Photos courtesy of George Vetter | Contest poster art by Miska Salemann of Miska Studio Gallery.

The countdown is on for one of the most exciting events of the season in Cannon Beach: the 59th Annual Sandcastle Contest! With just a little under a month to go until the big day on June 10th, the town is buzzing with anticipation for this beloved tradition.

Every year, locals and visitors alike gather on the beach to marvel at the incredible sand sculptures that are created during the contest. With prizes awarded for the best sandcastle designs,participants pour their creativity and ingenuity into crafting stunning works of art from the sand.

Competition categories range from families with young children to experienced sandcastle builders, everyone is welcome to join in the fun and show off their skills. But the Sandcastle Contest isn’t just about the competition – it’s a day of fun for the whole family. Alongside the sandcastle building, there will be music, food vendors, and other activities to enjoy throughout the day. And with the stunning Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, there’s no better place to spend a day at the beach.

“We can’t wait to welcome everyone to Cannon Beach for this year’s Sandcastle Contest,” said Jim Paino, the Executive Director of the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce. “This event is such an important part of our town’s culture and history, and we’re thrilled to see this tradition continue and evolve every year. We encourage everyone to come out and join us for what is sure to be an unforgettable weekend.”

The Sandcastle Contest is a must-see event for anyone visiting Cannon Beach. So, mark your calendar for June 10th, pack your pails and sandcastle tools, and get ready for a day of sand, sculpting, and fun!

Thank you to the 59th Annual Sandcastle Contest sponsors:
Coaster Construction, The Ocean Lodge, Bruce’s Candy Kitchen, Umpqua Bank, Mariner Market, Cannon Beach Bakery, Cannon Beach Design Co. , McEwan Construction, Jeffrey Hull Gallery, Fresh Foods Cannon Beach, Pelican Brewing, Mo’s Chowder, Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters, Aquafina

Friday: Packet n’ Pail Pickup 10 am-5 pm at the Cannon Beach Chamber.
Saturday: Sandcastle Contest Begins at 10 am.
(See the day’s full list of events at
Sunday: Singing Sands 5k Fun Run/Walk is at 9 am.
For more information & future events, visit the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce website at

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