The annual sandcastle competition and festival in Galveston was this past weekend. A Houston engineering firm proved you can “Have Your Sandcastle and Eat it Too”. The phrase was the title of their “Golden Bucket” award-winning sandcastle design at the 25th annual AIA Sandcastle Competition held on Galveston’s east shores. It is the largest amateur sandcastle competition in the world.  

Over 25,000 people attended this year. The competition, hosted by the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, more than 60 teams competed and they only had five hours to build their sand creations. The winner and owner of the "Golden Bucket & Shovel" was JACOBS of Houston featuring a rather large sandcastle guarded by a dragon-eating dragon. The second place and holder of the “Silver Shovel” award went to the team from Matrix Spencer Architects also of Houston for its Greek-themed design “The Midas Touch.” This competition has been going on for years this year was the 25th annual AIA Sandcastle Competition held on Galveston’s east beaches. Once you see all the pictures and the video, you will understand why I love just hanging out on Galveston Island. Anyone see what I did with my sunscreen?