AROUND 2000 people lapped up the activities at Carnivale Beach Day on Saturday.
With the weather clear, a calm ocean and a perfect tide on Four Mile Beach the beach day proved to be spectacular.
Beachgoers of all ages and nationalities showed up throughout the day, with holistic activities kicking off at 6am on a positive and relaxing note with meditation, yoga and tai chi to revive and enrich the soul.
The famous sandcastle building competition attracted over 30 entries with the winners ‘The Number 57’s’ creating an amazing dinousaur exoskeleton.
There were also market stalls, pony rides, a munch buggy and sky divers to help create the scene for the funnest day of Carnivale 2013.
The Outriggers Novice Regatta saw 11 teams take to the waters and compete in a novice race, with the cup being taken home by the crew from Johnson Constructions.
The sand became a battleground for a medie- val jousting display, with horses and knights in full armour showing spectators what brave combat was all about centuries ago.
Seven teams competed in the beach cricket with the Port Home Loans outfit reigning supreme over their Muddies mates.
Beach Day coordinator Tim Ellis said it was a huge success with so much to offer the crowds.
‘‘It was an honour to have Alfred Diamond, a traditional owner, give us a Welcome to Country blessing at the opening ceremony,’’ he said.
‘‘The standard of sculptures in the sandcastle building competition was so high that it was a hard call for judge Ross Bannister.
‘‘The highlights for me were the Outriggers Novice Regatta and the jousting tournament which was breathtaking and fearless.
‘‘(But) most of all I was so proud of the community spirit that made the day such fun for everyone and showed those visiting how magnificent our Douglas Shire really is.’’