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Windsor is home to the increasingly popular International Sand Sculpting Championship event, which attracts the best sand sculpture artists from all over the world to gather at the scenic Hawbesbury riverbank to show off their talents on the four-day long exhibition. This year, the competition will be back on from 10 January till 18 January, 2013 at Howe Park, Windsor.
From 10 January, 60 tonnes of sand will be loaded on the Howe Park and the competitors will be allocated 20 tonnes of sand each to sculpt their own artwork on site. The winner will be announced on Sunday, January 13.
This year, the 2nd Hawkesbury International Sand Sculpting event will have a whimsical theme - fairies, goblins, gnomes and elves are all sunning themselves on the beach, while the unsuspecting public gets the chance to pass by and appreciate the normally shy creatures. The Fairyland theme is sure to be enjoyed by young and old alike, as the hard work put in by artists is a favourite with the oldies, and the younglings love to see their favourite tales come to life. Furthermore, you can see how they are created step by step. Don't forget to vote your favourite piece of artwork and the People's Choice winner will be announced on the last day of the event.
If you feel like getting your hands dirty, there is an area dedicated to the young and young at heart, so they can give it go and build their own unique sand sculpture at the Sand Sculpting workshop or get wild at the giant pit and diggers.
Light refreshments will be provided at the site, or you can wander through Windsor on a heritage tour and get a drink at one of the oldest pubs in Sydney, the Macquarie Arms Hotel on George Street, Windsor. More details about the event are available on the event website.