Sandcastle Contest

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*This in-person event is subject to change with little notice, pending public health restrictions. Please continue to check our website and social media for the most up to date information.

Participate in our annual sandcastle contest in-person at Gimli Beach during festival weekend OR virtually. Prizes will be awarded for each category. 


  • If parents wish to direct children's activities, please enter the family category.
  • Structure must be made of sand, but implements may be used to build it.
  • Structures / Sculptures can be decorated with accessories (natural or artificial).
    Any colouring used must be environmentally friendly (i.e. Food colouring spray, coloured rice, etc)

Be COVID careful! Participate with members of your household only, keep a safe social distance from others and wash/sanitize your hands when needed.

Judging is based on the following elements

  • Size
  • Sculpting
  • Originality
  • Accessories
  • Overall effect (if the structure is 3-dimensional, etc.)


Open to everyone. You may enter as a single participant or as a team in one of the following categories.

  • Pink Category (11 years of age and under)
  • Blue Category (12-15 years of age)
  • Yellow Category (Family - 16 years of age and older or a family group)
  • Competitive Category (Any age combination welcome)
  • Virtual Category (Submission virtually - see details below)

Sandcastle Contest (Gimli Beach)

Bring your shovels, pails, creativity, and participate in this free and fun event.

How to Enter:

Date: Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Gimli Beach, North of the Main Dock
Registration: 9:30 AM, Free entry

Virtual Sandcastle Contest

Build your sandcastle, anywhere, anytime, and submit your entry into our virtual sandcastle contest category between July 16th and August 2nd, 2021.

How to Enter:

  • Read the sandcastle contest rules
  • Submit your entry information below and photos to between July 16th and August 2nd, 2021 to be considered for judging

Entry Information:

  • Team Name 
  • Team Members 
  • Location of Sandcastle 
  • Image upload (Attach up to 4 images)

Virtual entries will be shared on Icelandic Festival social media and the website.

Congrats to the 2021 Virtual Sandcastle Contest Winner

"We've Got Heart" - Freyja Thordarson, Fjóla Thordarson, Chy Birchwood - Gimli, Manitoba 

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