Home Events & Festivals 17th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest Twitter Facebook Print About 17th Annual Sand Sculpture ContestWatch the sand come alive or participate with friends and family. Registration begins at 9am CDT on the west end of the pavilion. Judging begins at noon, followed by awards after 1pm. Teams wanting a jump start may begin as early as 7am. 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 1pm. Sponsored by the Friends of Indiana Dunes.