Each area of the country marks the beginning of harvest season one way or another. Some people have fall festivals, harvest fairs or world's fairs. But here at the beach, we mark (read that mourn) the end of summer and the beginning of autumn with the annual Neptune Festival. And our favorite part of Neptune is the sand castle building contest.
We braved the 10th day of rain in a row to get out of the house. Otherwise the mama was going to go bonkers. With rain gear in hand, we headed down to the ocean front to see what the rain had left standing. It always amazes me how these sculptors mold sand to make the artwork they do. And more importantly, how they withstood some serious downpours.
The boys loved watching the sculptors in action...trying to guess which tools they would grab next. It was just amazing to us to watch the people on the bottom working away without worry that the people on the top level would topple their contribution to the project on the way down. So cool!
But the best part, of course, was having our own sand castle competition on the other end of the beach.
Here was Wyatt and Papa's entry...a traditional castle with extra fortification up front for protection from the pirates lurking off the coast.
Zane's submission. An old-school ship with a million men inside rowing so that the boat could go really, really fast.
Somehow I didn't get a photo of Ian's sand sculpture, but he lost interest when our friends arrived, so he missed the time deadline I guess.
This simple heart was my contribution. Zane asked me if I knew the rules of this contest, because he didn' t think I had a chance at winning with "just a heart".
All in all, rain and all, it was a great day. Food, fun, friends and sand. Lots and lots of sand.
Oh, and who won the contest? Well we all ended the day with a snow cone, so let's just call it a three way tie.