For the 2nd year in a row, The Blue Water SandFest will host Michigan's first and only Master sand sculpting and
Advanced Amateur competition/festival. This three day event is held at the foot of the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse,
along the beautiful beaches of Lake Huron over the 4th of July weekend.

Event Activities: Master Sand Sculpting (State Championships) Contest, Advanced Amateur (State Championships)
Contest, Amateur Contest, Interactive Sand Sculptures, Live Music, Sand Sculpting Demonstrations and hands on Lessons,
Quick Sand©, Food Vendors, Kids Zone and much more...

This years event will feature the Master Level "Michigan State Championships", the Advanced Amateur
"Michigan State Championships" along with an amateur contest.

This year we're adding Interactive Photo Opportunity Sand Sculptures designed so you can step into the
sculpture, become a part of it and have your photo taken (more info below).

This year we've also added a Kids Zone, a place for the Kids to practice their sand sculpting skills and get
some hands on lessons.

You don't want to miss this spectacular display of unbelievable works of art made from sand and water by some
of the worlds best sand sculptors.


Scroll down to discover more about the event....

The event is hosted at the Fort Gratiot Light Station County Park
2802 Omar Street, Port Huron, Michigan 48060 - Click here for Map

Click here to view last years winners

Tickets are just $5.00 per person, kids 4 & under are free.
Please see the schedule for event times.

All proceeds raised from Blue Water SandFest will be used for the renovation and restoration of historic buildings on the grounds of the Fort Gratiot Light Station County Park.

For more information: [email protected]

Click Button above to send email or call
Kathleen McLain, 810-982-0891 ext. 118

Click Button above to send email or call
Kathleen McLain, 810-982-0891 ext. 118
Tours must be scheduled in advance and prepaid with no
refunds to receive a discounted ticket price.
Tour group size must be 20 or more.


Some of the top Master Sand Sculptors in the world are
competing in this years event. In fact, a few are World Champion sand
sculptors and television stars.

The Blue Water SandFest is proud to announce the "Masters Level
Michigan State Championships".

Last year Todd Pangborn won the Advanced Amateur Division and the
Master Sculptors unanimously voted he should move to the
Master Level.....this will be Todd's first time competing as a
Master Sculptor....."CONGRATS TODD"!!!!

Click here to see the 2014 competitors.


Advanced Amateurs create an environment of heavy
competition and REMARKABLE Sand Sculptures.........The big
question on everyone's mind is, can one of the local Michigan sculptors
take home the 2014
"Michigan State Champion"title.

What is an Advanced Amateur Sand Sculptor?
To qualify as an Advanced Amateur a sand sculptor must have
placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in several amateur contests but, can
not be a professional sand sculptor. The Advanced Amateur
division is by invitation only.

The big difference: typically an amateur contest is 3-6 hours sculpting
time and an Advanced Amateur competition is held over 2-3 days
with about 20 hours sculpting time.

Click here to see the 2014 competitors.

The Amateur competition is a mixed team/solo event
intended as a venue for begriming or advanced amateurs and
is open to all levels except Masters and Professionals.

Amateurs will have the same sand used by the Masters and Advanced Amateurs and will be located in the event area, not on the beach.

Click here to read more......

Master Sand Sculptor Suzanne Altamare will be creating several Interactive
Photo opportunity sculptures. Designed so you can step into the
sculpture, become a part of it and have your photo taken.

Suzanne will be customizing the sculptures by carving names, family names,
dates and just about anything into the sculpture to make it your very own.

Think Family Vacation Photo, Souvenir, Post Card, etc......

Note: There will be a nominal fee.

Learn the tricks of Master Sand Sculptors, see how it's done.
Provided by "The Sand Lovers"

Hands on lessons in the Kids Zone.

Special show times....please see the
schedule for more Information

Learn more about Quick Sand (click here)

Quick Sand Speed Sand Sculpting©
Is an audience-participation show in which sculptors go
head-to-head for a ten-minute sculpting competition, sculpting a
subject selected by someone in the audience and. The winner of
each round advances to championship rounds based
on audience applause.

Special Shows Times
Please see the schedule for specific times (limited shows).

(click here) to read learn more about Quick Sand ©™

Featuring live music everyday with top musicians such as:
"Bothers-in-Arms", "5th Avenue", "Tommy Moutoux", "Nick Beauregard",
"Keith Menzies" and many more.......


Click Here to read more......

Margaritaville Party

Date: Saturday, July 5th
Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Theme: Margaritaville
Dress: Beach Casual
Music: Brothers in Arms and Smith n Tucker
Cost: $45.00

Come and meet the Master and Advanced Amateur
Sand Sculptors, watch a Special Quick Sand Show and
enjoy some great music.

Tickets are limited.

Beginning on May 14th Tickets will be avaiable at the following locations:

The Port Huron Museum Carnegie Center
The HURON Lightship
The Fort Gratiot Light Station Gift Shop


Tours of the lighthouse happening during the event!

All proceeds raised from Blue Water SandFest will be used for
the renovation and restoration of historic buildings on
the grounds of the Fort Gratiot Light Station County Park.

Interesting facts:
• The Fort Gratiot Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in Michigan.
It was built in 1829.
It's light can be seen 17 miles away
It stands on one of the busiest waterways in the world.
It it 86 feet tall

To learn more about this historic Michigan treasure
Click Here


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