Sand Sensations BC

 Come take a “Walk on the Wild Side” with us!

June 10, 2013, Taylor, BC. – SAND Sensations 2013 opens July 27 and runs until August 2 at Peace Island Park in Taylor. The Fort St. John Community Arts Council invites 6 international carvers to create larger-than-life sand sculptures at the second sand event in the Peace Country.

The professional sand sculptures will be designed with the theme of “Walk on the Wild Side“. The students of Taylor Elementary School submitted themes and drawings to depict their ideas for the 2013 theme. Breanna Bigcharles was the winner with a creative drawing of a campsite at Peace Island Park to match her theme idea. The entire school will celebrate on June 10, when the SAND organizing committee gives the students an opportunity to ring the bells to attract more visitors to the SAND SENSATIONS BC 2013.

The international professional carvers from the Netherlands, USA and Canada will reveal their “tips and tricks of the trade” this year by hosting a workshop. The newly added Family / Community Challenge will kick off the exhibition on July 27. Music, food, refreshments and more have been implemented to attract even more visitors to the “playground of the Peace” where the Alaska Highway meets the mighty Peace River.

Preparations begin a week in advance to build forms and tamp down the wet sand to make each sculpture site firm. Tons and tons of local sand are donated by Nels Ostero Sand & Gravel, directly located across the Peace River in Taylor. Poor Boy Trucking transports it over the bridge and onto the site as their contribution to the event. Equipment from Peace Country Rentals, water trucked in by Pratt Water, support from Pomeroy Inn & Suites and the District of Taylor make the festival possible. The success of the family event is dependent upon donations and in-kind support from local companies, business and individuals. SAND Sensations BC 2013 sponsors include:

Astral Media Brandt Canadian Water Serve and Save
Casey Brouse Welding Cliff Forrester & Family Fortress Lock & Key
CNRL Conway Visions D & T Disposals
Extreme Signs Gas Drive District of Taylor
Image Build Team Moose FM Ideal Office Solutions
Peace Country Rentals Peace Country Delite Nels Ostero Sand & Gravel
NP Savings & Credit & Union Pomeroy Inn & Suites Peace River Regional Arts
Poorboy Trucking St. John Advertising Robert Conconi Foundation
Tru Hardwre Wesco Distributors Swift Specialty Services

Sand Sensations celebrates the environment with the use of natural materials in its original state. The sand in the Peace Country has the right amount of clay, with no added materials, to make long lasting sculptures. Last year’s artwork was still standing when the snow melted this spring.

Come enjoy camping along the Peace River near wilderness rife with moose, bears, and reveling in the natural elements as sand, water and sunshine makes for the best summer memories. SAND Sensations BC 2013 is filled with art, fun, food, sand and sun with a musical mix this summer.