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Sand castle contest draws crowds

Submitted by on 1, June 15, 2009 – 5:50 am7 Comments

191251cool-castle1Alameda’s 43rd annual Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest was this past Saturday at Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach. The contest drew an estimated 1,200 spectators and boasted 103 entries, a larger than normal crowd according to Patrick Russi, recreation supervisor with the Alameda Recreation and Park Department.

Alas, the winner’s ribbons (and those best-of-show castle trophies) could only go to a select few. And with the tides caressing the corners of their creations as the judging took place Saturday afternoon, the thrill of victory was fleeting indeed.

We’ve got the list of winners below, and a nifty photo gallery from the event to your right (under “Island Images”). Saturday’s judges were Alameda Municipal Power General Manager Girish Balachandran; Interim Finance Director Glenda Jay; East Bay Regional Parks shorelines unit manager Mark Ragatz; Rec and Park Commissioner Bill Sonneman; the Social Services Human Relations Board’s Jim Franz; and Bhaani Singh, chair of the city’s Youth Advisory Commission.

Sand Castles

Sand Castles

Sand Castles

17Family division

Sand Castles

1. Team Princess (Alameda); also Best of Show

2. Scharitter-Ware families (Alameda)

3. Pillitiere family (Alameda)

Sand Castles

13 and up

Sand Castles

1. Urban Gorillas (Oakland)

2. The Whatever Group (Alameda)

3. Hire Us Now (Alameda)

Sand Castles

12 and under

Sand Castles

1. Boy Scout Troop 78 (Alameda)

2. Woods et. al. (Alameda)

3. Tenoa Swayne (Alameda)

Sand Castles

Sand sculptures

Sand Castles

18Family division

Sand Castles

1. Briggance family (Alameda)

2. Jacobs family (Oakland)

3. The Supers (Alameda)

Sand Castles

13 and up

Sand Castles

1. Team Miner family and friends (Alameda); also Best of Show

2. The Brandi Bunch (Alameda/Oakland)

3. Isabel Tager (Alameda)

Sand Castles

12 and under

Sand Castles

1. Dennis and Jack (Richmond/Berkeley)

2. Jackie Mengna and Karen Yina (Alameda)

3. Joe Griffen (Lafayette)

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