February 23, 2023

Sand sculptures to celebrate 25th anniversary

Lorne Candle and Castle organisers are expecting large crowds tomorrow (Saturday, February 25) afternoon for the 25th anniversary of the popular community sand sculpture competition.

More than 150 participants are expected to take part in the event at St George River, where participants will build a sand sculpture and illuminate the creations with candles.

Lorne Candle and Castle competition founder Chloe Messner said she was excited to see locals of all ages lighting up the beach with their own masterpieces.

“I started the event in 1998 at a time when Lorne didn’t have many community gatherings and it’s provided a great way for people to connect.

“It’s all about fun and doesn’t cost anything to participate in!"

“We’ve had dragons, tables that people have eaten their picnics off, castles, moats, and plenty more made over the years.

“The kids that came to our first one 25 years ago are now bringing their kids down to it too.

“We hope it continues to provide plenty of happiness for the community.”

Mrs Messner said there would be plenty of prizes on offer for the winners, with the top three creations receiving trophies made out of agapanthus plants.

All other participants will receive prizes from local shops including Lorne Books, Flying Fishes, Wait to Go and Quiksilver, who have been donating prizes for the past 25 years.

The event will start at 6.30pm.

Read Surf Coast Times story here.

Photo: Plenty of marvellous creations have been made at the event over the past 25 years. Photos: SUPPLIED

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