Sand Events


Five Star Dealerships Ocean Shores Sand & Sawdust Festival

Where? Around town, on the beach, & at the Convention Center

When? Friday and Saturday June 24-25, 2022

There is sand all over town with ART AT THE BEACH at the Five Star Dealerships Sand & Sawdust Festival Friday and Saturday June 24-25, 2022, presenting three great programs: the Amateur Sandcastle Contest, Sandcastles Around Town, and the Sand Drawing Celebration.


Friday 12oon-5pm – Workshop and Demonstration Sand Castle Saturday 11am-3pm – Workshop and Contest

The theme for 2022: The Beach is Calling! The Amateur Sandcastle Building Contest is a fun, family-oriented event and open to everyone - all ages, family, friends, businesses, nonprofits, in any combination. The Formfinders of Olympia manage the contest and provides training and encouragement for all. There is a $5 per person registration fee up to a maximum of $30 per team. Register your team in advance by mail, or at the Festival Info Booth, or Saturday morning on the beach. Cash or check only. (Registration Form)

Friday Schedule Noon-5pm - Formfinders will be building a sandcastle at the contest site (see directions below). You can visit from noon-5pm to talk with the team and watch them build and get ideas for your own creation. 1pm and 3pm - Sandcastle Building Workshops: $5 per team or group up to 4 people, free with completed contest registration. The workshops are for anyone wanting to learn how to build and sculpt a sandcastle.

Saturday Schedule 9:00am-10:00am – Pre-event Team Sandcastle Building and Tool Making Workshop - $5 for groups under 5 people, and free to those who have already registered for the contest. 11am-3pm – Sandcastle Building Contest. (Come to the beach and vote for your favorite!) 3:30 pm - Judging and awards – on the beach.

Awards for the Amateur Category “Best in Theme” - “Sand Masters Choice” - “Team Spirit Award” - “Peoples’ Choice” voted by the public.

Special Thanks to KOSW 91.3 FM ( for providing beach music for the contest

SANDCASTLES AROUND TOWN The Masters Sandcastle Contest, features three sandcastles built around Ocean Shores. Thanks to the generosity of our three major sponsors – Playtime Family Fun, Oyhut Bay, and Bennett’s Fish Shack there will be sandcastles made by professional sand sculpture artists from around the state displayed at these businesses. The sandcastles will be built Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and they will be up until the wind blows them away – sometimes for weeks. Formfinders will judge the sculptures and awards given at the Festival Auction Stage, Saturday at 5pm.

The sculptures are all available for public viewing as they are being built – stop on by the businesses for a close-up of these amazing creations that only live for the moment and then are gone forever. - Playtime Family Fun at 752 Point Brown Ave NE. - - Oyhut Bay at 300 Lodge Ave SW - Central plaza volleyball court - - Bennett’s Fish Shack Across from Bennett’s in the Convention Center parking lot at 120 W Chance a La Mer NW.
And on the beach Friday, Formfinders will build a sandcastle to showcase the Amateur Sandcastle Contest.

SAND DRAWING CELEBRATION On the Beach! Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm Join Justin the Circler for the Sand Drawing Celebration. Drawing and cutting geometry in the sand has ancient roots and was a catalyst to increased human intelligence eons ago. Justin the Circler has dedicated his life to learning the ancient craft of pure or sacred geometry and its endless related topics. Justin and friends create geometric art and pictures that comes and goes with the tides.

Free Workshops – Friday 11am and Saturday 10am – sand drawing classes so everyone can learn to draw and join in the creativity and peace of sand drawing. Tools provided.

HOW TO GET TO THE BEACH SITE To access the beach, use the Chance a La Mer entrance next to the Shilo Inn. Once on the beach, the activities are to the left of the parking poles (south). You will see the tent, banners, and registration table for the contest, and Justin’s truck and banners for sand drawing. Cars are allowed on the beach to drive and park but cars are not allowed past the permanent poles to the south.

FORMFINDERS The sand masters on the beach are here to assist you and your family/group to success! The goal is fun. Formfinders are a sand sculpture team headquartered in Olympia, WA. Team members hail from various parts of Washington and Oregon and come together each summer to find the hidden treasures just waiting to be carved out of the sand. Since 2008 the team has won many regional awards at various sand festivals. The team goals include sharing the fun and the creativity of sand sculpting with others. So please join us in having some fun carving sand into a creation that we all will enjoy! As we like to say…“It’s in the Sand!”

QUESTIONS? Scott Nagel, Art at Beach Producer - 360.808.3940 call or text Kelly 360.461.3950 call or text

The Story of Sand Drawing, by “Justin the Circler”
"Drawing and scribing geometry in the sand has ancient roots and was a catalyst to increased human intelligence eons ago.  I know this, because when I first started drawing circles in the sand I was gifted with visions or memories that showed me the ancient practice of drawing on the ground and their methods.  I often tell students on the beach they are standing on the first classrooms of humanity and we are partaking in one of the oldest crafts ever practiced.  People would have drawn in the sand before counting numbers and possibly before language was used.  Sand drawing is a way to connect with ancient humans and the art, tools, and methods have not changed in thousands of years.  There is a purity in doing the exact action of ancient peoples and walking down their thought process. "

Justin the Circler – Justin the Circler has dedicated his life to learning the ancient craft of pure or sacred geometry and its endless related topics.  A naturalist, philosopher, mathematician, inventor, carpenter, and artist, he has emerged as a messenger and teacher.  Many sleepless nights spent contemplating, theorizing and notating original ideas to later find out his ideas are ages old but have been forgotten or even hidden.  The Circler’s goal is to bring these ancient ideas into the collective mind of modern society to bring forth a more holistic perspective regarding our past, present, and future.To access the beach, use the Chance a La Mer entrance next to the Shiloh. Once on the beach, the activities are to the left of the poles (south). Cars are not allowed past that area, but cars allowed to the right (north).