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Gigantic Sandcastles to Decorate Galveston’s
East Beach This Month

Island to Host American Institute of Architects (AIA) Sandcastle Competition

GALVESTON, Texas (May 12, 2014) – Gigantic sandcastles will decorate the shore of Galveston’s East Beach May 31 as the island hosts the 28th annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) Sandcastle Competition.

One of the largest amateur sandcastle building competitions in the world, the AIA Sandcastle Competition will kick off at 9 a.m. with teams of architects, designers and engineers competing for a chance to win the coveted Golden Bucket Award.

The event, sponsored by the Houston Chapter of AIA, is free for the public to attend. Gates will open at 9 a.m. The teams will build from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., during which the public can vote for their favorite sandcastle. Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. 

New this year, the City of Galveston is attempting to set a world record for the most aluminum cans collected in an eight-hour period on May 31 in conjunction with the AIA Sandcastle Competition. Teams, sponsors and spectators will assist in this effort by collecting their cans during the competition.

The public is also encouraged to bring aluminum cans. Recyclables will be collected at eco-stations located throughout the public thoroughfare on the beach.

East Beach is located on the most eastern end of Galveston at 1923 Boddeker Drive. Parking at East Beach is $10 cash per vehicle.  For details, visit

AIA Sandcastle  Schedule – May 31, 2014
9 a.m.  Gates Open
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Sandcastle Building
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Public Voting
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.  Judging
4:30 p.m.  Awards Ceremony

About Galveston Island

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. For more information on Galveston Island visit or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.

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