News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The annual Bermuda Sandcastle Competition is excited to announce its return this year.
Planning for the event had been put on hold since March with the Coronavirus outbreak, but organizer Hannah Emmerson is excited to announce that they have been given the green light by Parks Department to hold the annual event on September 5th 2020 on Horseshoe Bay.
The event will of course be modified to follow COVID safety regulations but still hopes to bring joy and community spirit to an island needing an end of summer event to look forward to.
This year, instead of the usual 40+ teams, numbers have been limited to 20 of the islands very best builders competing to create a themed 2020 sculpture out of the island’s signature pink sand, for a total of $3,000 worth of prizes.
Because we want this to be a safe event the Competition has cut its numbers in half to make sure that the 20 plots of sand being used are safely socially distanced 10 feet apart. Therefore there are only two categories for people to register in, Adult and Family categories, with 10 teams [up to six people in each team] are able to enter. With only twenty teams The organizers have for the first time have asked contestants to build with a theme in mind, 2020!
This year has been like no other for global events, from Australian wildfires, Corona Virus and a worldwide pandemic, lockdown with families and homeschooling, Murder hornets, Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd, British Royal family separations, Brexit, American politics with an impeachment trial and election looming and lets not forget the wildly popular show Tiger king that had everyone talking about Carol Baskin. Contestants will be competing for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category with an overall prize for best on the beach of $600. Many of our previous top entrants are returning to defend their titles but there are still a few spots in each category available.
For anyone who wants learn how to build a sandcastle, free workshops are being held the week before. In these sessions, participants will learn how to create a masterpiece in sand from past champions, discover quick tips and tricks to keeping sand in place and other details. These workshops are offered not only for those looking to enter the competition and needing a refresher course but also for anyone looking to try something new, no experience or artistic ability required. We ask that anyone wanting to attend the workshop sends a quick email to [email protected] so that we have an idea of numbers and can have tools set aside for your group. Additional tools may be found at Gorhams, www.gorhams-ltd.com.
These free tutorials will take place at Horseshoe Bay Beach on the following evenings from 5:30pm:
- Saturday, August 29th
- Wednesday, September 2nd
- Thursday, September 3rd.
For those unable to make the workshops you can check out our free tutorial video.
“The competition on Saturday, September 5th is free to enter, and teams can register online at www.sandcastle.bm. The number of spaces for teams is limited, so early booking is encouraged. Any questions about the event can be sent to [email protected]
Registered competitors must check in between 9:30am and noon on the day and building will commence at 10am. Each team will be assigned a building plot of 10ft by 10ft and will be supplied with a large mound of sand to work with to give them a head start. All entrants will receive free drinks on the day thanks to a long standing partnership with Barritts Ginger Beer.
All sandcastle building tools must be downed by 4pm, at which time the judges will arrive on the beach and commence judging. The panel of judges includes: Jamal Hart from Education, and N’zingha Ming from the BSOA gallery, Tim Morrison From the Hamilton Princess Hotel.
The Bermuda Sandcastle Competition is a non profit event and relies wholly on the generous sponsorship of the following companies. The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, Alexandra Mosher Studio Jewelry, the Oil group of companies, Gorhams and beverage donations provided by John Barritt & Sons. None of this amazing day would be possibly without them.
Tim Morrison, General Manager of the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, said: “We are very pleased to be able to support the Bermuda Sandcastle Competition, a bright spot during this challenging time. This is a wonderful celebration of Bermudian summer and a great opportunity for a family fun day – we cant wait to check out all of the wonderful creations.”
Alexandra Mosher, Owner of Alexandra Mosher Studio Jewelry added: “In difficult time, creativity is salve for the soul. We believe in the mission and purpose of the Bermuda Sandcastle Competition and how it brings members of the community together through art. Hannah and Mikal have been working inventively and tirelessly to ensure that this years event could go ahead safely, and we are very proud to be part sponsors. Good luck to all the teams”
The OIL Group of Companies Spokesperson, Gail Miller, commented: “We are proud to be both associated and Sponsoring the 2020 Bermuda Sandcastle Competition. We value our involvement with this uniquely wonderful Bermuda inspired event. It’s a great way to have fun outside while celebrating a commitment to healthy, family friendly activities and an atmosphere of positive community spirit in these challenging times.”
Hannah Emmerson, Organizer of the Bermuda Sandcastle Competition, said: “We are so very grateful to Parks department, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, Alexandra Mosher, and the OIL group of companies, Gorhams & Barritt’s for their support, without which this event would not be possible. We hope that the public will join us on the beach for a Safe socially distanced event that the whole family can enjoy. I can’t wait to see what our best 20 builders create for us in this crazy 2020 year .”
For more information, updates and inpriation please got to The Bermuda Sandcastle Competitions Facebook page or instagram @bermudasandcastle or our web page at www.sandcastle.bm.