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‘Get Outta Town’ for Masterpieces in Sand

Want a sure way to beat the heat this weekend? Head out to the coast for a day on the sand. In fact, sand is the theme this Saturday (June 25), when the Friends of the Dunes hosts the 16th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival.

Come out to view the inventive sand creations or get a team together and compete in seven adult and youth categories, including “Best of Show,” “Most Imaginative,” “People’s Choice” and the coveted “Golden Shovel.” The Festival is a fun way for the Friends of the Dunes to teach about marine ecosystem restoration and preservation. So, escape summer, hang out at the beach and “Get Outta Town” to Humboldt County.

What: 16th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival

Where: Manila Dunes Recreation Area, 1611 Peninsula Drive, Manila.

When: Sat., June 25 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sculptor registration begins at 8 a.m. Judging at 1 p.m. Awards at 2 p.m. Recommended viewing times are noon to 2 p.m.

Cost: Spectators are free. Sculptor entry fees: $10 (teams of 1 to 6 members), $15 (teams of 7 or more).

Click here for more information, directions and more photos of the 2010 sculptures.

Does the thought of sand in your shorts keep you away from the beach? There are plenty of things to do this weekend that don’t involve sandy nooks and crannies. “Get Outta Town” in 10 neighboring north state counties:

Click here for Butte County events.

Click here for Del Norte County events.

Click here for Glenn County events.

Click here for Humboldt County events.

Click here for Lassen County events.

Click here for Modoc County events.

Click here for Plumas County events.

Click here for Siskiyou County events.

Click here for Tehama County events.

Click here for Trinity County events.

Adam Mankoski enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner own HawkMan Studios and are the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday ArtHop. Email your North State weekend events to adamm.anewscafe@gmail.com.

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