Sand Sculpture Festival 2019 

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This group (Jaslin and Ruby Gomez (left), Betty Gomez, Kristina Aultman and Eunice Ortiz) declared their location, "Seaview," as they enjoyed a break from looking at sand sculptures.
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Heidi Young enjoyed the gentle breezes along the ocean shoreline by flying her kite while at the festival.
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After finishing their "CCC" sand sculpture (in background), California Conservation Corps (Fortuna) crew members Efrain Diaz (eft) and Nadia Reyes started covering crew member Zachery Wilcox in leftover sand.
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Local artist Julie Frith paused after wrapping up work on her "Little Mermaid" sand sculpture.
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Mike Craghead used his carving skills, a wide array of tools and help from Team Craghead members to make his "Beach Cleanup" sand sculpture.
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A close-up view showed details of Team Craghead's "Beach Cleanup" head emerging from the sand.
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The Best in Show award went to Team Craghead for its "Beach Cleanup" sand sculpture of a man emerging from the beach clutching non-native grass and flowers. Here, Mike Craghead applied the last finishing touches.
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First-time attendee Kaylie Kurland, of Arcata, lives next door to one of the event organizers and brought her hoops for a workout in the sand while enjoying the festival.
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Lorna Kidd applied the finishing water spray to "The Kraken" sand sculpture (it includes a ship at lower right) as part of the Let's Get Kraken team that won the Most Dedicated Diggers award.
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Rebecca Lewis (left) and Jason Caria look over the handiwork of their Hunter, Hunter & Hunt team that won the Golden Shovel award for their "Crunching Numbers" sand sculpture.
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A sand-sculpture owl perched on a log received final touch up and water spray from Becky Lindemann (left) and Allye Nelson of the Humboldt Redwood Company team.
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Occasional fog rolled in to cool off festival attendees and the teams creating their sand sculptures.
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Even Bigfoot showed up for the event with coconut water and sunscreen (sculpted by Endangered Species team members Kristen Hurant and Thomas Saunders ).
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The Northcoast Environmental Center team members took to the air when they finished their "Lend a Hand, or Eight" sand sculpture. It later won the People's Choice award.
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Local food and drink vendors kept attendees, including these two California Conservation Corps (Fortuna) volunteers, hydrated and well fed on a mild sunny/foggy/sunny/foggy afternoon of beach fun.
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