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Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
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GALVESTON, Texas (Aug. 5, 2019) – On Saturday, Aug. 24, more than 60 teams are expected to build gigantic sandcastles on Galveston’s East Beach during the annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) Sandcastle Competition. This year, spectators will be able to view the structures on Sunday and take advantage of free sandcastle building lessons, too!
For the 33rd year, members of the Houston Chapter of the AIA will converge in Galveston for what is considered one of the world’s largest amateur sandcastle competitions. The event draws thousands of spectators to East Beach to watch teams vie for the coveted Golden Bucket Award.
This year, the Galveston Park Board is working to help teams maintain their sandcastles overnight in order to remain on display throughout the day on Sunday. The organization is also offering free sandcastle building lessons in conjunction with the sandcastle viewing.
“We think this is a great opportunity for families to see these awesome structures up close and avoid the crowds,” Galveston Park Board Executive Director Kelly de Schaun said. “And, budding sandcastle builders will get the chance to work with a professional to learn how to build their own.”
The sandcastle lessons will take place at 11 a.m. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and will be led by Emerson, a nine-year sandcastle building veteran with South Padre Island-based Sandy Feet Sand Castle Services. The lessons will take place near the East Beach Pavilion. Equipment will be provided on a limited basis and participants are encouraged to bring their own sand buckets and shovels. Registration is not required.
Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit government agency and the official destination marketing organization for Galveston Island.  For more information, visit or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.


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