Sand castles in the sun at Blue Sea Beach

Dave Mathieson
Published on July 21, 2014

MAGLAGASH – Sandcastle builders were greeted with perfect weather at the 16th Malagash Sand Castle Festival Sunday at the Blue Sea Beach in Malagash.

“We didn’t win the family category this year but there was some tough competition and the judge did say we should be proud of what we did,” said Amy Thurlow.

Eighteen competitors entered the competition this year and her six-year-old son Owen Card won in the Under-12 category.

Owen also helped his family build the Tatamagouche Library out of sand.

“We go into the Tatamagouche Library every Saturday for their activities, so when we were trying to think of an idea on the weekend our daughter Mirissa thought the library would be good,” said Amy.

Amy and her family lives in Halifax but spend much of their summer in a cottage in the Malagash area.

Her husband, Paul Card, said site selection is important upon building a sandcastle.

“You have to pick a spot close enough to the water so the sand stays wet but not close enough that the tide comes in and washes your work away,” said Paul.

He says the weather couldn’t have been more perfect this year.

“This beach is a bit of a hidden jewel,” said Paul. “It’s a shallow incline so the sun warms the sand and when the water comes in the water heats up.”

Amy agrees

“The water is spectacular. It’s really warm.”

They say they’re already looking forward to next year.

“We’re big fans of the event and we’re already talking about a design for next year,” said Amy.