40th year for sand sculpture events at Pokagon State Park

ANGOLA, Ind. (WANE) This weekend marks at least 40 years for a sand sculpting event at Pokagon State Park. Visitors from northeast Indiana, southern Michigan, and beyond will gather on the park’s main beach to mold impressive creations and show off their skill. It all began when Gary Rutledge and his fraternity brothers took part in a contest more than four decades ago. It’s now grown to involve at least 3 generations of their families.

A sand castle contest, open to everyone, will be held on Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. Prizes include gift certificates to the Potawatomi Inn and the Pokagon Toboggan Run. No pre-registration is required, but you should plan on bringing your own supplies. Sand sculpting demonstrations will take place on both Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pokagon State Park Interpretive Naturalist Marie Laudeman says that contest rules will be explained once you arrive on the beach.

Photos | 2014 Sand Sculptures 
The park beach is open from sunrise to sunset, while the bathhouse and beach concession stand are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There is a normal park entrance fee of $7 for in-state vehicles and $9 for out-of-state vehicles. Beyond that, entry to the beach is free.