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    Sand sculpture contest at Indiana Dunes SP

    Watch the sand come alive or participate with friends and family, Saturday, July 9 as the Friends of Indiana Dunes group sponsors the 14th annual sand sculpture contest at Indiana Dunes State Park.

    Registration begins at 9 a.m. CST on the west end of the pavilion. Judging begins at noon, followed by awards at 1 p.m.

    This year’s theme is “Making History.” Sculptures that follow the theme will earn extra points from the judges.

    Prizes will be awarded in two categories, one for teams of children 15 and younger and another for individuals and families numbering less than eight.

    Watchers can also vote for their favorite in the “Viewer’s Choice Award” between noon and 1 p.m.

    “Even if you’re not participating it’s fun to walk around and see what others have come up with,” said Brad Bumgardner, interpretive naturalist. “Whether you’re 5 or 105 years old, grab a pile of sand and get creative.”

    Indiana Dunes State Park Beach Pavilion is located at the north end of State Road 49.

    Participation in the contest is free after paying the standard gate fee of $5 for Indiana vehicles and $10 for out-of-state vehicles.

    For more information, call the nature center at (219) 926-1390.

    Brad Bumgardner, interpretive naturalist, (219) 926-1390.

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