Betty Jo Bouvier sent me an email with a dozen, or so, pictures of sand castles. Taken somewhere on the Oregon Coast.
I did not recognize the beach. Betty Jo then informed me that she believed the sand castles were on a beach near Lincoln City.
After a little Googling I decided Betty Jo was right. Lincoln City has an event called the Siletz Bay Sand Castle Competition.
This year the event takes place on August 7.
There are 4 categories of sand castle builders. Kids 5 to 12 years old, Teens 13 to 18 years old, Adults 19 and older, plus Families or Groups.
There are prizes. Best Mermaid gets an Adult $100 and a Kid or Teen $50.
I have no idea what a "Chowderhead" is, but the best one gets $100.
The Best Traditional Sand Castle, that is, literally a sand castle with a moat and turrets, gets $100.
And the Best Tiki also gets $100.
There are additional cash and merchandise awards.
Registration starts at 10am on the Dock 51 Street. The entry fee is one can (or more) of food per entrant, which will be donated to the Lincoln City Food Bank.
Your castle must be built using only sand, water, shells and other natural beach material, found on the beach on the day of the event. No power tools are allowed.
Judging takes place in the afternoon, with the prizes awarded on the dock. You have to be present to win.