Getting sandy is sanctioned at Saturday's second annual sandcastle competition at Frisco Bay Marina.
Kids can claim their spots on the beach at 10 a.m. and castle building runs until 11:30, followed by judging and awards. The divisions are ages 2-6 and 7-12.
Last year, 23 teams participated, with two to three children on each team. "It was so adorable to see the kids all working together, even occasionally sharing pails between groups to build their castles," said marina office manager Jenn Shimp. "There were castles with moats, tall castles, fat castles, drip castles, a castle built for My Little Ponies. Lego men were very popular inhabitants of castles. We had one moose-head side profile done in 3D."
The castle that took first prize was created by a team of girls, decorated with shells, jewels and flowers and occupied by tiny Lego men.
"There are two different types of sand at the marina," Shimp said of the building materials. "The coarser sand is closer to the water and a few inches deeper in the ground and the fine sand is on top of the ground and closer to the boardwalk. Having the coarse sand helps hold the beach in place with the waves from wind and boats."
Frisco Bay Marina is located at 9,017 feet on the shores of Dillon Reservoir, which spans 3,300 acres and has 25 miles of shoreline, ideal for beachin' in the mountains.
Participants who don't have beach toys can purchase buckets and shovels at the marina office. The sandcastle competition is free of charge. Register online at www.friscobaymarina.com or in person before 9:30 a.m. on the day of competition. Parents can sit next to their children during castle building but are not allowed to help.
What: Sandcastle competition
When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11
Where: Frisco Bay Marina
Info: (970) 668-4334 or www.friscobaymarina.com