The 25th annual Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Competition is June 1 – here’s everything you need to know about getting in on the action

Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Competition

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Front Beach at the Isle of Palms, SC

Children’s Event – – 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.  Awards Ceremony – 11:00 a.m.

Young Adult’s & Family Event – – 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.  Awards Ceremony – 12:00 p.m.

Adult’s Event – – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Awards Ceremony – 1:00 p.m.

                        ·  This is a FREE event!

·  Individual and team entries are permitted.  Teams are limited to four (4) people.

·  Registration on the day of event will begin at 8:30 a.m.

·  A 2013 Sand Sculpting Competition T-shirt will be presented to the first 200 registered

participants.  Sizes subject to availability.      (T-shirts will be given to participants during the judging of event.)



 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place

                                                        Adult’s event (Ages 21 and older)

                               Family event (At least one adult & one young adult or child)

                                                Young Adult’s event (Ages 15 – 20)

                                                                        Children’s event (Ages 14 and under)

                                                                        Best Architectural

                                                                        Most Creative

 Best in Show – Overall

 (Prizes will be awarded to the winners in each of these categories.)

For more information, Call 886-8294

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Send an E-mail with your questions to:

 The 2013 Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Competition is a project of the City of Isle of Palms Recreation Department and Accommodations Tax Committee in co-operation with the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs.

NOTE:  Organizers, sponsors, and judges assume no responsibility for the safety of participants or spectators and for the security of personal articles brought to the competition.

 Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Competition – Celebrating 25 Years of Temporary Art in the Sand

From PSSSC director Chris Tindal:

This year the Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Competition is on Saturday, June 1, 2013.   It will NOT be on the Memorial Day Weekend, but the weekend after. As always, we have to concern ourselves with the tides.   The event will be out at Front Beach at the Isle of Palms, SC.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Sand Sculpting Competition, so we are pulling out all stops and are planning a huge event.  We are spinning up a tremendous amount of publicity and media attention, and want all of you to come out and have a good time.  Whether you are a competitor, or just enjoy watching the talented artists turn raw sand and water into beautiful forms of temporary art, please plan on being there!

I have attached the Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Registration Form along with the Rules and an Information Sheet.   Please get your registration form filled out and send it back to me at AND Will McElheny at .  We will let everyone know where your site is during the week before the competition.

Get your teams together and SEND IN YOUR REGISTRATION FORMS.   I am looking forward to seeing all of you again at the competition on Saturday, June 1.

Good Luck to all.  Let’s have a great Piccolo Spoleto!!  Happy 25th!!

See you SOON!!

Yours truly,


Celebrating 25 Years of Temporary Art in the Sand

Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Competition

Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Competition

Sand Sculpting Competition Rules

1.  Trespassing, excavation, or disruption of the dunes in any way whatsoever is not permitted.

2.  Wheeled vehicles of any kind, including wheelbarrows, wagons, carts, etc. may not be used to assist in the construction of entries, i.e., to transport sand.

3.  Each entry and the excavation of sand for each entry must be limited to the area between site boundaries.  Sand may not be taken to, or from adjacent or remote sites.

4.  The entries must be constructed predominantly with sand and water.  Permanent elements and/or form works of other materials are not allowed.  Minor embellishments of other materials may be permitted.

5.  The use of hand shovels, buckets, trowels, shaping or forming tools, temporary forms and shoring (used for construction only) and other miscellaneous hand tools are permitted.

6.  All items brought to the beach by competitors must be removed before leaving the beach.

7.  Inorganic, toxic, or non-biodegradable sand stabilizers such as spray paint, glue, etc. are not permitted.

8.  Only the registered participants for each entry (limit of four people) are allowed to participate in the construction of the entry.  Small children who need direct supervision of parents involved in the competition and who are not substantially involved in the construction of the entry will be allowed to remain within the construction site.  The judges retain the right to disqualify any team that violates the spirit of the four-person limit.

9.  The organizers reserve the right to establish additional rules as the need arises on the day of the event, in order to cover unforeseen situations or conditions.

10.  Violation of any rules (written or stated) may lead to disqualification.  The judges and organizers reserve the sole right to interpret these rules.

11.  The organizers, sponsors, and judges assume no responsibility for the safety of participants or spectators, and for the security of personal articles brought to the competition

 For Information Call 843-886-8294 or Send an E-mail to: or



Lowcountry Splash – an open water swim in its 12th year – adds a five-mile swim, set for June 1

12th Annual Lowcountry Splash

  Charleston’s premiere swim event, adds a new option for the 12th Annual Lowcountry Splash – Open Water Swim. 

On June 1, swimmers from around the world can “Getting Under It” in a new way. Organizers have added a 5 mile swim across the Cooper River beginning at Daniel Island.

This is in addition to the original 2.4 mile swim along the Mount Pleasant shoreline, swimming under the Cooper River Bridge and finishing at the Charleston Harbor Marina in front of the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point.

“After 11 successful years of the 2.4 mile swim we decided to present swimmers with a new challenge, our first five-mile swim from Daniel Island where they will meet and finish with the other swimmers,” said Mark Rutledge, Co-Director of the Lowcountry Splash.

This isn’t just an award-winning competitive swim it’s also for charity, as proceeds from the Splash benefit the Logan Rutledge Children’s Foundation.

The local not- for-profit organization established in May of 2002 in memory of Logan Jennings Rutledge (7/30/02-08/26/02).

The foundation supports Lowcountry Aquatic Project Swimming. The LAPS program teaches swimming lessons and water safety to kindergarten and first graders in Charleston County School District’s lowest socioeconomic schools. Our goal is to drown-proof our children.

Swimmers of all levels participate in the Splash: triathletes, recreational lap swimmers and competitive age group swimmers including Olympic swimmers .The Splash continues to grow in popularity attracting swimmers from 34 states and 5 countries.

As always, we combine the best time in the Over Under Challenge between the Bridge Run and the Lowcountry Splash with the Dash and Splash Competition.

To register or for more information visit