It’s hard to believe that Memorial Day is almost here, and with it the official start of summer. This time of year our thoughts always turn toward sun, sand, and fun—that’s right, we’re talking about the annual AIA Sand Castle Weekend!
Held the first week of June, Sand Castle Weekend is a fantastic tradition that brings teams of castle builders to Galveston to compete for the coveted Golden Bucket Award. One of the largest sand castle competitions in the world, this year’s AIA event has more than 60 teams registered—including our Greater Houston Builders Association Remodelers Council team. Armed with buckets and shovels, the teams are comprised of architects, engineers, contractors, and students, who will descend upon Galveston’s East Beach at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 4 to commence battle.
Over the course of the weekend more than 20,000 spectators flock to Galveston’s shores to watch as carvings emerge from sand like magic. Cabinets & Designs’ President Maria Frank looks forward to the event every year, and this year is no different.
“We’ve been so busy with our move to the new showroom that it’s almost hard to believe that Sand Castle Weekend is already here,” said Maria. “All the people who participate are really creative professionals. This event gives everyone a chance to really let that creativity fly. It’s not the sky that’s the limit—it’s the sand!”
The Sand Castle Competition also serves as a fundraiser for AIA Houston and the ArCH Foundation; it is also one of the top five revenue-generating events for the City of Galveston. You won’t want to miss this party! The teams have been planning and designing their masterpieces for months, and it’s exciting to have the opportunity to watch as they put those plans into action right before our eyes. Judges will take the following into consideration: originality of concept, artistic execution, technical difficulty, carving technique, and utilization of the site.
The most coveted award of the day is the Golden Bucket, but several other awards will be presented including: Best Traditional, Best Architectural Icon, Kidtastic!—Disney edition, Best Cinematic, Best Meme, and Houston-centric, as well as best team t-shirt design, best team signage, best costume, and public favorite.
We hope to see you in Galveston on Saturday, June 4—keep your eyes peeled for the GHBA RMC Team on the beach, and come cheer us on!
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