It's time once again for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival to hit the beach.
This Saturday, June 7, beginning at 9 a.m., contestants will compete in one of six categories to win prizes in the 26th annual Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Competition.
Taking place at Front Beach on the Isle of Palms, this event includes competitions for adults (ages 21 and up), families, young adults (ages 15 to 20) and kids (ages 15 and under). Custom Sand Sculpting Competition T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 200 registered participants, so act fast.
The top three selections in each category will be awarded. Prizes will also be given for Best Architectural, Most Creative and, of course, Best in Show.
Even if you don't wish to compete, everyone is welcome to spend a day at the beach watching these waterfront works of art take shape before the tide takes them away.
For more information, to see previous year's entries or to download an entry form, visit www.iop.net/departments/recreation_family_sandsculptingcontest.aspx or call the Isle of Palms Recreation Center at 843-886-8294.
The Sand Sculpting Competition is just one of the 700 events that make up the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, an annual celebration of the arts that features the best that the Southeast has to offer.
This year's festival spans 17 days and includes visual arts and crafts exhibits, musical performances ranging from classical and jazz to dance and choral, poetry readings, cultural presentations as well as film screenings.
To learn about other festival events and to purchase tickets, please visit www.piccolospoleto.com or the festival's official Facebook page.
Dustin Waters is one of our staff reporters and the staff copy editor. Follow Dustin on Twitter @MNreports for more news updates.