SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The City of South Padre, Clayton’s and Sandcastle Day Founders hosted the 35th annual Sandcastle Days.

The event took place from Thursday, Oct. 5 to Sunday, Oct. 8 at Clayton’s Beach Bar.

Artist Ilya Filimontsev won first place at the Sandcastle Days competition.

“It’s such a great way for people to come out and enjoy the beach, pretty much when summer is over,” Lucinda Wierenga, founder of Sandcastle Days said. “It’s really for our locals, our Valley people, to come out and get another shot at the beach and see some amazing artwork.” 

Wierenga said there were 10 master sculptors and 16 beginner sculptors at the event. She added they try their best to keep the sandcastles intact with spray glue.