Frisco brings the beach to the High Country with sandcastle competition |

Frisco brings the beach to the High Country with sandcastle competition

Breeana Laughlin
Children are invited to unleash their creative juices at the third annual Frisco Bay Marina Sandcastle Competition on Saturday, August 10.
Submitted photo |

What began as an opportunity to “christen” the sand that was imported into the Frisco Bay Marina three years ago has turned into a summer tradition.

The third annual sandcastle competition will be held at the marina on Aug. 10.

“The marina is a great family hangout, and we really love that idea of creating a beach and a relaxed atmosphere down there,” said Suzanne Lifgren, Frisco’s marketing manager.

Kids ages 2 to 12 are invited to get their hands and feet dirty while creating their own personal masterpieces in the sand. The sandcastle competition is a great way for families to enjoy a beach vibe in the mountains, organizers said. It’s also a great way for kids to unleash their creative juices.

“It’s just a great way to spend your morning,” Lifgren said. “Kids are always so proud about what they accomplish and it’s fun to watch.”

In the past few years, children have formed sand into a Barbie castle and shark sculpture, Lifgren said. No matter what they create — or what the weather holds in store — children always seem to enjoy themselves, she said. “In our second year, the weather was a little cooler, and a little girl had a beanie and a swimsuit on. She was so committed to wearing the bathing suit while building her castle.”

Parents are asked to take a hands-off approach and refrain from helping their children.

“They are usually pretty good about not helping,” Lifgren said.

Sandcastle competitors will be broken into three divisions: ages 2 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 12. A surprise “celebrity” judge will be on hand to present prizes to the winners. Trophies will be presented to the top three places, and each participant will receive an ice cream sandwich.

“You can’t get better than sandcastles and ice cream,” Lifgren said.

Organizers will keep the sandcastles intact and on display for passersby to enjoy until 5 p.m.

Kids can claim their spot on the sandy beach at 10 a.m. and will have until 11:30 a.m. to do their building. Judging will begin at 11:30 and awards will be presented at noon.

“Sometimes parents have a tendency to over-program their children. This is just a great chance to let kids be kids,” Lifgren said.

Pre-register online at or register at 9 a.m. the day of the competition.

For more information, contact the Frisco Bay Marina at (970) 668-4334 or online at

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