The second place winner of the Beach Art competition in 2010.

Head to the beach and create some art, have some fun

Annual Beach Art competition

It could be a monster, a dragon or a sea creature of some kind. Whatever it is, it must be fashioned in a few hours.

On Sunday, Sept. 11, the Sooke Community Arts Council is encouraging families to come out to Whiffin Spit for the annual Beach Art competition.

What it is is an opportunity for creative minds to build an art piece out of found objects along Whiffin Spit. There is always flotsam and jetsam that can be worked into a creation. In past years people have used seaweed, driftwood, dog’s lost balls, old running shoes, rocks and bits and pieces of washed up “things” to embellish their art pieces.

“They have to use anything found on the beach, they are not allowed to bring anything in,” said Marion Desrochers, spokesperson for the Sooke CAC. “We encourage everyone to take part, businesses as well.”

She said that teams, made up of a number of people, often compete, making it a really fun day on the beach in the fresh air.

Desrochers said it is the fourth annual Beach Art event and people have responded quite well to the challenge.

“We had quite a few people last year,” she said. “It’s a family affair, that’s what’s nice about it, they can do things together.”

Registration takes place at noon and the competition ends around 2 p.m. A couple of judges will look over the creations and award prizes to basically everyone, although some will have the honour of  being first, second and third winners.

All you have to do is show up at Whiffin Spit, register and get creative.

The event takes place during the same time frame as the popular and well-attended 98th Annual Sooke Fall Fair at the Sooke Community Hall on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11.