Play in the sand at the dunes
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org July 9, 2013 12:32PM
A team works on a sand castle during last year's Indiana Dunes State Park sand castle contest. This year's event is Saturday. | Photo provided by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Updated: July 9, 2013 12:42PM
Once again Brad Bumgardner, interpretive naturalist at the dunes, is inviting everyone to come play in his sand pile.
Actually it is everyone’s sand pile, and is at the Indiana Dunes State Park.
Watch the sand come alive or participate with family and friends: This Saturday, July 13, is the 16th annual sand sculpture contest.
The theme for this year is “Once Upon A Time.” Sculptures will earn
extra points for following the theme of the year. Prizes are awarded in two categories, one for teams of children age 15 and younger, and another for individuals and families numbering fewer than eight participants.
If you just want to look and watch that is OK too. You get to vote for the “Viewer’s Choice Award” between the hours of 12 and 1 p.m.
The Friends of the Indiana Dunes is once again the sponsor for this decade-and-a-half play in the sand. This group of concerned supporters of the beauty of the dunes tries to help Indiana residents learn that this is their playground, for grownups and kids alike
Do you remember playing in the sand box when you were a child? Do your children or grandchildren have a sandbox where they can play in the back yard? Indiana Dunes is the biggest sandbox around and it belongs to everyone that lives in Indiana.
This is a special day in the sand. “It’s been great to see folks run with the theme each year,” said Bumgardner. He added, “Whether you’re 5 or 105 years old, grab a pile of sand and get creative.”
If you want to play registration for the contest begins at 9 a.m. on the west end of the state park’s pavilion.
You don’t have to wait until 9 o’clock to get started. Teams can begin sculpting two hours before registration begins, but don’t forget to send someone from your group to register. You can’t win a prize for all your hard work if you are not registered.
The only cost for the day for viewers and participants is the standard gate fee to get into the park. Vehicles with Indiana license plates pay $5 to get in and out-of-state vehicles cost $10. The cost, as always, is per vehicle not per person, but everybody needs a seat belt.
For more information call the nature center at the Dunes at 926-1390. Indiana Dunes State Park is located at 1600 North 25 E. in Chesterton.