Cobourg’s Sandcastle festival on the Saturday of the August long weekend (the 4th) will be more fun this year – there will be a live DJ (the DJ is live, not the music), free live entertainment by Mark Sepic the “Nutty Music Professor”, a Kid’s zone, an inflatable Fun Park (for $5) and of course a Sandcastle competition and Sand Sculpting Lessons. The Schedule of events is being made available in advance (see below) and the event runs at the same time as the Downtown Sidewalk Sale so once again Cobourg should get a lot of visitors. There’s a kids movie in Victoria Park at sunset (Sherlock Gnomes) so overall it seems to be aimed at families although the Sidewalk sale is for shoppers of all ages.
The sandcastle completion usually draws competitors from all over Ontario and this year Toronto’s five-time world champion Karen Fralich will be giving sand sculpting lessons.
The live entertainment by Mark Sepic happens at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Mark is a musician and environmentalist and performs in schools, galleries and festivals throughout Ontario.
Last year, the Festival had to cope with high lake water level so the beach was a bit narrower than usual but that will not be a problem this year. See a video of last year here.
Vendors at the Sidewalk sale will be pleased to know that the $5 wristbands at the beach will also be valid at the Downtown inflatables so families will be encouraged to include Downtown in their visit.
The Town’s announcement also says:
Open to aspiring artists of every skill level the Sandcastle Festival is designed to encourage everyone to participate including businesses, youth, adult and families. Interested sculptors can register online at www.experiencecobourg.ca or onsite at the registration table on Saturday, August 4th at 8:30 a.m. All sculptors are asked to pay $5/person and all teams have a chance to win cash prizes within each category and the coveted event title.
Sculptors are given a team flag and a 20′ x 20′ space to design within. Using only the existing sand and water the competition will begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. with an awards ceremony held shortly after at 4:30 p.m. at the DJ Booth.
The Sandcastle Festival has been recognized countless times as one of the most well-known and respected festivals and events within the province, Cobourg’s Sandcastle Festival placed among this year’s ‘Top 100 Festivals and Events in Ontario’ (FEO). The festival has also been internationally recognized, receiving the Pinnacle Award with the International Festival and Events Association.
Oh, and once again, there will be a Fireworks display – this time at 10:30 p.m.
Here is the schedule
|8 a.m.||Master Sculptors Begin|
|8:30 a.m.||Registration Begins – Amateur Competition||Under Blue Tent|
|10 a.m.||Sand Sculpting Lessons|
|10 a.m., 12 p.m.
and 2 p.m.
|The Nutty Music Professor Performs||Free|
|10:30 a.m.||Competition Begins||Cobourg Beach|
|11 a.m. – 5 p.m.||Kid’s Zone Open
Inflatable Fun Park Open*
Live DJ on Beach
|*$5 wristband – Buy at Registration Tent|
|2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.||Judging||Cobourg Beach|
|4:30 p.m.||Awards Presentation at DJ Booth||Cobourg Beach|
|8:30 p.m.||Movie in the Park||Sherlock Gnomes||Free|
|10:30 p.m.||Fireworks over the Pier||Pier||Free|
The Sandcastle Festival is organized by The Town of Cobourg and supported by major sponsors including Cameco, the Cobourg Public Library, GMC, New Amherst Homes and Thomas Cobourg.
The Sidewalk Sale is organized by the DBIA and runs from Thursday August 2nd through Sunday August 5th.