Houstonians head out to Galveston for the AIA Sandcastle Competition

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Published 6:15 pm, Saturday, June 3, 2017

Houstonians headed out to Galveston for some fun in the sun and impressive architecture at the 31 annual AIA SandCastle Competition.

Though the weekend was threatened by some rain in the forecast, the event continued as planned with over 60 teams gathering to put forward their best designs in hopes of winning the Golden Bucket Award. 

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According to the website, the event is “a fund-raising event for AIA [American Institute of Architects] Houston and ArCH [Architecture Center Houston] Foundation as well as one of the top five revenue generating events for the City of Galveston.”

“Firms begin months in advance generating ideas, developing designs, and assigning duties,” reads the website. “On the day of the event the teams, stretched along the beach front, meticulously sculpt their piles of sand and work non-stop for five hours.”

Take a look through the gallery above to see photos of people and castles from the competition.


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