The winning family entry at Sauble Sandfest, a spider, by the Freitag family and their friends, of Burlington, Ont. From the left, Blair Chadwick, 17, Eric Freitag, Brian Freitag, 20, Gavin Freitag, 16, Cameron Smith, 17, and Kevin Liu, 17, on Saturday, August 10, 2019 in Sauble Beach, Ont. Scott Dunn/The Owen Sound Sun Times/Postmedia Network
When it comes to building sand sculptures at Sauble Sandfest, it’s got to have that “wow factor”.The Freitag family and their friends from Burlington took the top $100 prize this year with a giant sand sculpture of a spider. They’ve entered every year since they started coming about 14 years ago, with many second places to their credit.It was the help he had from his sons and their friends which made this year’s sculpture a winner, Eric Freitag said.“I’ve been doing it (since) when these guys were like six and they’d be running out there after 10 minutes,” the software company employee said, referring to his sons and at Lake Huron on an almost cloudless afternoon.“It helps to have a lot of help so I just showed them what I kinda wanted and they did most of the work.”The sculpture judges assign 30 per cent of mark to the wow factor, 30 per cent to artistic merit, 20 per cent to overall design and 20 per cent to technical difficulty.“It’s art. They’re artists,” said Cassie Flaherty, who snapped a picture of the spider. She and her sister, Marie Murphy visited Sandfest from Cambridge. “I just love them,” Flaherty said.The other family sculpture entries were by people from Oakville, Quebec, Hamilton, and Sterling, Ont., north of Belleville.It was so windy that some people donned jackets or bundled up in towels. It also quickly dried out the sculptures, which are supposed to be kept moist to keep solid. Even the pros fell victim to it.Sandi Stirling, the head judge and contest organizer Saturday at Sauble Beach, saw her sandcastle ruined after it developed a fatal crack all the way through the base. She quickly rebuilt it with the help of her other sand sculpture colleagues.
Master sand sculptor Sandi Stirling with her second sandcastle of the day. Her first developed a fatal crack on a particularly windy day, which forced her to start again on Saturday, August 10, 2019 in Sauble Beach, Ont. Scott Dunn/The Owen Sound Sun Times/Postmedia Network
This year the pros didn’t compete against each other, they received a fee to build and in the end, they helped Stirling rebuild her sandcastle. “Never give up, just go to plan B” is the sand sculptor’s motto, she said.She’s classed as a “master” sand sculptor, who will be teaching kids how to build castles at the Canadian National Exhibition starting Friday in the Food Building in Toronto. She lives in Dundas, Ont.“What I love about sand is the fact that it’s temporary; that you don’t have to take it with you, other than in your camera or between your toes,” speaking over the sound of the surf, the wind and rock music over speakers.Record-high water levels have narrowed the beach significantly this year. Some made the most of it by jumped up into the big waves of pale green water as they rolled in.Sunbathers shared the beach with classic and antique cars shown on the beach as well. The show continued on a portion of Lakeshore Boulevard, which was closed to traffic.Live music started Saturday night and Sunday there was an 8-kilometre run.
Sauble Sandfest featured a car show, including this ’32 Ford pickup hot rod, owned by Don and Nancy Yungblut on Saturday, August 10, 2019 in Sauble Beach, Ont. Scott Dunn/The Owen Sound Sun Times/Postmedia Network
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