Sand Sculpture Fun at Sunset Beach Park
“Seeing all the kids and having fun on the water is what Traverse City is all about.”
Sandy toes and determined children —
Kids hit the sand at Sunset Beach Park to create their own sand sculptures.
Jeff Needham, President of National Cherry Day says, “This is a great opportunity for kids ages 3-12 to come build a sandcastle and enjoy some family time.”
The sand sculpture competition was criticized by a panel of judges–
“So it’s based on creativity, imagination, looking for attention to detail, what the right design factor is, how they do in cooperation with other family members, and their general spirit” , explains Needham.
Prizes included ribbons, a deck of cards and brand new backpacks.
The National Cherry Day offers many family activities that allow everyone to participate.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to take my kids somewhere where it’s free and to be able to experience it with their brothers and see parts of the community they don’t always get to” , says Megan Kuzma, a mother.
We even had the chance to catch up with some of the enthusiastic contestants–
“So tell me about your sandcastle… So we had to build walls because the water kept trying to get in or building sandcastles, so we had a lot of moats to protect it.
And did you know what you wanted to build before you started? No, we just had to keep building along the way and trying to figure out what it would bring.
It looks really good!”
“We did cherries and fireworks, then Cherry Fest…I’m just super happy.
And what’s your favorite part of the creation you’ve done? I like cherries, I also like colors.
“How does it feel to win first place? Surprising!
Tell us about your sandcastle…So in the middle is a volcano, then put wooden rocks all over that kind of texture than other palm trees that are driftwood and seaweed. Yeah over there there’s a mini hut and a dock with a sailboat
Looks great, you did a great job congratulations!”