Discover presque isle is celebrating 25 years this year.
One event also celebrating more than two decades of success is a competition bringing out dozens of people turning sand into sculptures.
More than a dozen teams took to the sand to compete for “best on the beach” in Art’s Bakery’s annual Sand Sculpture Competition as part of Discover Presque Isle.
Gordon Evans says, “It’s amazing. This is the 20th year that I’ve been involved in it and it’s a lot of fun.”
The competition brings people from all over the region to rake, dig and pat their way to the title.
Including 23-year-old Alexandria Smith, who says her family has participated her entire life.
Smith says, “It’s a fun, family activity. We look forward to it every year.”
Also participating for more than 20 years, the Andryc family.
Ken Andryc says, “It’s a great family activity for kids of all ages. The little ones, we have out there picking little stones up for us. So it’s a really good family activity especially coming down here with Discover Presque Isle.”
But for first-timers – the Erie City Mission’s Youth Ministry Summer Camp team – the competition is more about bringing people together.
Rose Marie Lackey says, “It’s a great experience and again we build relationships with families. We connect stronger. And it’s something that we’ll learn definitely from this year and do it that much better next year.”
The winner of “best on the beach” was voted on by the public and took home a $200 cash prize.
But Evans says no one went home empty handed with trophies, coupons or an Art’s Bakery bucket hat.