Pipe­line par­ody win­ner at sand­cas­tle com­pe­ti­tion

Sand­cas­tle called Justin Time Pipe­line takes Peo­ple’s Choice award while oc­to­pus wins fam­ily cat­e­gory

Penticton Herald - - OKANAGAN - By MONIQUE TAMMINGA

From an over­sized oc­to­pus and an Ogo­pogo to a huge Ru­fus dog and a very large bat made by mem­bers of Unity House, the 35th an­nual Pen­tic­ton Peach Fes­ti­val sand­cas­tle com­pe­ti­tion at Skaha Lake was a hit.

“Given the heat and the smoke, I think it was a pretty good turnout and ev­ery­one had a lot of fun,” said San­dra Hen­der­son, a mem­ber of the Ro­tary Club of Pen­tic­ton Sunrise, which helped or­ga­nize this year’s event.

The Peo­ple’s Choice award went to a sand­cas­tle called Justin Time Pipe­line, which poked fun at the B.C.-Al­berta di­vide on the pipe­line is­sue. It was cre­ated by the Wong and Louie fam­i­lies. Every­thing in the de­sign was ed­i­ble, from noo­dles rep­re­sent­ing the pipe­line to li­corice rep­re­sent­ing the writ­ing.

The cor­po­rate win­ner was the team from Rona, with an in­ter­ac­tive Ogo­pogo sand cre­ation that saw real peo­ple buried un­der­neath and around the lake mon­ster.

The fam­ily team award went to the Hig­gins and Gille­spie fam­i­lies for an over­sized oc­to­pus sport­ing a sum­mer hat and a smil­ing face, carrying a cell­phone in one of its ten­ta­cles.

The youth cat­e­gory was won by two young men and a young woman who recre­ated the city of Pen­tic­ton and the Pen­tic­ton sign made from mini marsh­mal­lows.

In the kids’ cat­e­gory, a ren­di­tion of Harry Pot­ter’s school won.

All pro­ceeds from sand­cas­tle reg­is­tra­tion went to the Skaha Com­mu­nity Projects So­ci­ety.

MONIQUE TAMMINGA/The Okana­gan Week­end

Brad Gille­spie helps put the fin­ish­ing touches on a friendly oc­to­pus that won first place in the fam­ily cat­e­gory of the 35th an­nual Pen­tic­ton Peach Fes­ti­val sand­cas­tle com­pe­ti­tion at Skaha Lake.

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