Hundreds of spectators and competitors gathered for the sand sculpture competition in Birch Bay on June 22.
Juan Montiel buries his cousin Ramona Montiel in the sand.
Gary Slavin works on “Slider,” the Birch Bay Waterslides’ whale mascot.
Julia Smith tries to catch a fish in a tide pool.
From l., Emily Kramme, Rachel Chang and Shelby Dufton sculpt the big bad wolf.
The Behnke famly started working on their sandcastle at 8 a.m., and prepared for the event by watching a video on master sandcastle builders.