Sand & SawDust Festival in Ocean Shores

Ocean Shore’s annual  Sand & Sawdust Festival combines three days of events around the unique art forms of chainsaw carvings and sand castle building.  In addition, this year the Associated Arts of Ocean Shores has incorporated its juried Fine Arts, 3D & Photography Show into the event.  

Thirty amazing carvers will create nearly 100 unique chainsaw sculptures to be auctioned each day.   You can watch the artists at work, then purchase your favorite creations to adorn your home or businesses. Professional and semi-pro chainsaw carvers from across the nation will demonstrate their skills  

Among the participants is an international carving legend, Bob King of Edgewood.  He started carving in the fall of 1998, after watching a chain saw carver at a local fair.  He became fascinated and has gone on to win more carving competitions than anyone in the world. The distinction earned him a star on the Wood Carvers Walk of Fame in Mulda, Germany, in 2010.    

Chainsaw King
Bob King, legendary carver


“..these events make you enrich and refine your existing talents! I can’t say enough about them. We are put in front of a nice block of wood, given a theme (nautical, animals, etc.,), given an allotted amount of time and boom, you’re off. Poetic pandemonium I call it. “

Bob King, Wood Carver

You can see what he means in Ocean Shores, June 28-30.

Amateur Sand Building

Amateur sand building teams’ team are invited to register for the annual Sandcastle competition.   The theme for this year’s contest is Castle Creatures. Each team will be given a 15×15’ square area to work within and a five-gallon bucket to use for carrying water.  Teams of 5 will use only sand, water, shells and other natural materials found on the beach that day can be used for construction and adornment.

Candyland depieted in the Sandcastle contest in Ocean Shores.
Candyland, depicted in a past Ocean Shores sandcastle building contest.

Novices can start the day with a free sand building workshop from 9:30 to 10:30 on Saturday morning at the Convention Center.   The competition runs from 11am to 2pm with judging and awards following that.

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