Sculptors create sand art

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Second time lucky . . . Tussock Creek residents Zoe (8) and Alex (11) Brinkworth won the sandcastle making competition for the second year in a row at the Curio Bay Big Dig. PHOTO: ABBEY PALMER

The ingenuity of sculptors was not deterred in the slightest by choppy weather at this year’s Curio Bay Big Dig.

Over 100 people made their way down to the Southland beach at the popular camping destination on January 2 to show off their skills in the sculpting competition and get stuck into the Big Dig.

South Catlins charitable trust chairman Paul Duffy said the fundraiser event had been running for about 16 years and the weather this year had made it one of the most challenging yet.

However, it did not stop people from showing up in their droves.

“We’re very pleased with the turnout considering the weather and there’s been more entries than usual I think.

“People come from all over, it’s a great community event.”

With a lot of campers at the grounds for the holiday season, it was the ideal time to host it.

From sea animals with environmentally conscious messages written alongside them, to a tractor and a giant starfish, there was plenty of creativity on display.

Several prizes were also handed out to Big Dig participants.

Tussock Creek siblings Zoe (8) and Alex (11) Brinkworth were just two of those who got the chance to take goodies home after coming first place in the sculpting competition title they now held for the second year in a row.

Their family’s giant octopus was hard to miss on the sandy shore and caught the eye of judges.

Zoe said she had been coming to Curio Bay with her family specifically for the event for the past seven years and considered it a special tradition.

“It took us one and a half hours and it was very windy.”

She hoped to continue to visit the beach each year to take part.

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