Castles on the Sound
Fairfield’s annual Sandcastle Competition - July 25
Those who dream of owning a beachfront property without the hassle of maintenance or high rents might want to indulge in a little wish-fulfillment at Fairfield’s annual Sandcastle Competition.
On Saturday, July 25, amateur architects will gather at Penfield Beach equipped with beach blankets, pails, and shovels to create castles and other sand sculptures that range from charming to grandiose.
The contest is sponsored by the Fairfield Police Athletic League, and is open to participants aged 18 and younger. “We encourage families to enter together as a team and enjoy a day at the beach together,” says PAL Secretary Robert Seirup.
In the past, some participants have set their ambitions higher than constructing a single building. “Last year my friends and I built the town of Fairfield out of sand for the 375th anniversary,” says regular contest-participant Campbell Mattus, age 11, who took home second place for her creation. “We usually award gift certificates to movie theaters,” says Seirup.
Contestants who want to catch the eyes of the judges should aim to display “creativity, originality, and talent,” says Seirup. This year, prizes will be awarded for Best Castle, as well as the Most Original, Most Artistic, and Most Realistic sculptures. Registration is free and can be done online at fairfieldpal.org.