Lincoln City Sandcastle Contest at Siletz Bay

Saturday, August 10th, 2019. 11am to 4pm

We Had a Great Time

71 teams entered the contest. Bret Lucich kept contestants and onlookers entertained throughout the beautiful sunny day with music and commentary. He continued the Taffy Toss tradition started by Eleanor’s Undertow decades ago by periodically throwing taffy from the Taft Pier to the kids waiting below on the beach.

Congratulations to the Winners

Winners took home cash prizes provided by the prize sponsors and five winners in the kids’ category took home awesome sand pails filled with toys, t-shirts, and candy provided by Kenny’s IGA.

Prize Categories, Sponsors, and Winners:

  • Black Squid Beerhouse – BEST SQUID – Evan, Selena, Corbin, Amber, Glade, and Ezra
  • Eleanor’s Undertow – BEST MERMAID – Halle/Steph
  • Gray Coast Tax Service – BEST CREATIVE CASTLE – Stutzman/Waller Boys
  • Looking Glass Inn – BEST DOG – Paul Richards
  • Mo’s – BEST CHOWDERHEAD – Jeramy Peters
  • Prehistoric – BEST PREHISTORIC CREATURE – Shadra & Dad Beesley
  • Sapphire Center – BEST LIGHTHOUSE – Miranda Arms
  • Scout – BEST TRADITIONAL SANDCASTLE – Michael Christensen
  • Kenny’s IGA – BEST KIDS’ CREATIONS (5 winners):
    • The Kramer Kids
    • The Arms Kids
    • Ellie, Hazel, Ruby, Chapman
    • Elizabeth/Alaina
    • Torrie Morris/Preslie

About Sandcastle Contest

Every August, for over 40 years, folks gather in Lincoln City’s Historic Bayfront area to have some good ol’ beach fun at the annual Sandcastle Contest at Siletz Bay.

Our amateur-only sand sculpting extravaganza along the Siletz Bay is timed to be a race against the tide. Everyone has a chance to win and everyone has a great time. It’s a sand-fueled day-long party.

This is your chance to be part of the action in a contest steeped in a mellow beach vibe. For categories, rules and more information, click here.

Presented by Mo’s Lincoln City and the Bay Area Merchants Association


Brought to you by the Bay Area Merchants Association and Mo’s Lincoln City with additional support from Black Squid Beerhouse, Eleanor’s Undertow, Gray Coast Tax Service, Kenny’s IGA, Looking Glass Inn, Prehistoric, Robben Rent-a-Car, Sapphire Center, Scout Northwest Trading Co., Station 3 Promotional Graphics and Surfland Adventures.

Proudly the Amateur Hour

Registration begins at 11 am in the Taft District of Lincoln City, just off SW 51st Street. Registration is free, but a donation of one non-perishable food item per person is suggested. All donations benefit the Lincoln City Food Pantry. Our contest open to all ages.

Judging begins at 4pm. Winners in each category take home a prize! Shortly after, the tide comes in and wipes the slate clean until next year.

Only sand, water, shells and other natural beach materials found on the beach that day can be used for construction. Forms can be used in the construction process, but can in no way support the final structure. Hand tools may be used, but use of power tools is not permitted. Our Sandcastle Contest is an amateur competition, so professional sand artists can sit this one out and let the rest of us have all the fun.

Dance in the Sand to Tunes from the Pier

Bret Lucich

Enjoy music by Bret Lucich from 11am – 4pm, live from the Taft Pier.

Bret is a Lincoln City mainstay and we are thrilled to have him onboard this year. His sound is the sound of our beach town.

Book Your Stay

Click on to book your stay. The Lincoln City Sandcastle Contest is made possible, in part, through a grant from Explore Lincoln City.