WHITING — The opening of a floating water park on Saturday at Whihala Beach might have overshadowed and minimize down on the variety of contributors within the second annual Sand Sculpting Contest sponsored by the Whiting Arts Council and town, however there was nonetheless loads of creative expertise on show.
The theme of the competition was "Enchanted Forest" and a cool breeze and partly cloudy skies made for snug carving circumstances.
Whiting resident Jacquelyn Rootes defended her title within the grownup solo division by creating a formidable horse that allowed her to seize the $75 prize.
"I am hoping to stay a unicorn horn on it, which might make it a bit bit extra enchanting, however being sand, I do not understand how gravity's gonna work on my facet or not," mentioned Rootes, as she labored to complete earlier than the midday deadline.
Nadia Grisolia, of Whiting, and her three younger kids defended their title within the household staff division by making a tiki enchanted forest that earned them a prize of $100.
They began their work at about 9 a.m. and the plan is to make it an annual household occasion.
"It was a enjoyable expertise for all of us final 12 months, so we needed to return again and do it once more and hopefully they proceed this custom and we'll be out right here yearly," Grisolia mentioned.
Beau Harbin, 10, received the youth solo division and $50 prize, though he strayed from the theme by sculpting a sand volcano.
"It took me two hours," mentioned Harbin, additionally a Whiting resident.
An thrilling new addition to this 12 months's occasion was the presence sand sculptor Carl Jara.
The 9-time world champion medal holder sculpted a younger woman that was impressed by his two-12 months-outdated daughter, Camille.
He began carving on Friday and completed up his work whereas the competitors passed off Saturday.
He defined how he mixes a considerable amount of water within the sand to make his creations.
"The sand is packed in very moist, skinny layers, one on high of the following," he mentioned.
Jara, of Cleveland, mentioned he was impressed with the sand at Whihala Beach and its picturesque view of the Chicago skyline, in addition to with Whiting itself.
"I believe anytime that you may convey art out into the general public after which permit the general public to take part in art, I believe it is good," Jara mentioned.