Sand castles on 2 km of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine

  • Photo Vanessa Loignon
    The castle of Mike Beaupré and Rachel Rocheleau has conquered the public and the judges.

    David Prince

    Sunday, 13 August, 2017 21:07

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    The 31st edition of the Contest of sand castles of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, has crowned the builders of the Laurentians who have erected a huge structure about 8 ‘ high.

    Mike Beaupré and Rachel Rocheleau, Saint-Hippolyte, have been involved for a decade in this most important contest amateur sand castle in the world. They have spent the entire day on Saturday to carve a huge castle with two towers and the heads of mythical animals.

    Photo Vanessa Loignon

    The 10 000 spectators were able to see sculptures about 2 kilometers from the beach. Here, the construction of the team ” The little kitties “, who finished 3rd in the category of free style.

    “It is a passion and a hobby for us. We discovered it during a visit to the Islands and, since then, has never stopped making sculptures in sand. We participate in a few events each summer, ” said Ms. Rocheleau. Their team has also won the prix Coup de coeur of the public and the first position in the category of adult-competition.

    10 000 visitors

    The Contest of sand castles is the event emblematic of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. This year more than 400 builders have participated and 10,000 visitors attended, while the Îles-de-la-Madeleine with 12 000 inhabitants. “It was a total success once again this year. Unlike other contest in the world, here, the participants do not have the right to use a product such as oil or glue, which help to keep the structures, ” said coordinator of the event, Brigitte Boudreau.

    Photo Vanessa Loignon

    The team named “Woodstock at the end of the bench” has finished in 2nd position in the category free style and won the audience award for the best animation.

    According to Mike Beaupré, the trick to have a beautiful sculpture that does not collapse is to have more water than sand and compact the sand.

    The rain and wind that hit the Islands on Saturday night, however, have been because of some of the sculptures scattered over two miles of beach.

    “What are constructs that are well ephemeral. When one is lucky, they remain intact for a few days, ” said Ms. Boudreau.

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