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Homecoming underway with sand sculptures

August 12, 2018

Using tools like buckets, shovels, spray bottles, putty knives, spoons, forks, straws and their own fingers, the 159 participants sculpted wet sand into works of art to compete in the annual Pentwater Sand Sculpture Contest.

Children and families lined Mears State Park beach in Pentwater Friday morning, making sculptures out of sand and water, with dune grass, drift wood and shells for decoration. The sculptures were judged on creativity, attention to detail and neatness, as well as adherence to this year’s homecoming theme “Taste of Pentwater,” which meant that foods like ice cream and fish were popular designs.

The event has been going on for over 40 years, and it has been organized by the Pentwater Service Club for many years. About 25 volunteers from the club and the community helped run and judge the competition.

The sand sculpture making is a community tradition, drawing locals as well as people from all over the country, said Ron Beeber, the Pentwater Service Club event chairman. Many families look forward to it every year.

“They love it,” Beeber said. “This is such an emotional thing to people. They come out here every year. It’s what makes Pentwater, Pentwater.”

“What’s really great is seeing young people getting together and doing this collectively instead of looking down at a screen ...They’ve put their cell phones down.”

Read the full story in the Saturday print and e-Editions of the Ludington Daily News.

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