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Corona del Mar Sandcastle Contest

The 61st Annual Newport Beach Sandcastle Contest will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2023 from 10 am to 4:30 pm at Big Corona State Beach. Whether your competing in teams or just wanting to watch the amazing sandcastle creations be built, come on down to Big Corona, Corona Del Mar State Beach!

CDM Sandcastle Contest

Each year, thousands of spectators and participants attend the CDM sandcastle contest. Entrants range from seasoned professionals to first–timers. Round up your team – family, friends, work, church, or school group – and sign up or head to the beach to watch.

2023 Theme It’s a Zoo Out There

Celebrating all things California, from the Beaches of Newport to the Redwoods in the North, to the glimmer of Hollywood to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Corona del Mar Sandcastle Contest

Location: Big Corona State Beach
Address: 3001 Ocean Blvd, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
Date: Sunday, October 1, 2023
Time: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Contest Entry Fee: $35
Admission to attend is free
Event participants receive a free T-Shirt

2022 Sandcastle Winners

Theme: “California Dreamin’”

  • List of Winners (in order):
  • Most Unique Sandsculpture, 3rd Place – Uram Family Therapy
  • Most Unique Sandsculpture, 2nd Place – Sand & Deliver
  • Most Unique Sandsculpture, 1st Place – South Coast Educational Prima Donnas
  • Most Unique Sandcastle, 3rd Place – Crown Family
  • Most Unique Sandcastle, 2nd Place – The Shiny Seashells
  • Most Unique Sandcastle, 1st Place – The Busy Bees
  • Junior Division, 1st Place – Troupe 90 Boy Scouts
  • Most Humorous Creation – The Ground Squirrels
  • Best Display of Theme – Team Dig It!
  • People’s Choice Award/Best Creation – The Busy Bees
  • Commodores Award, Overall Best Creation – Doggie Walk Bags

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