The Ocean Shores Sand & Sawdust Festival, June 22-24, 2018, features two amazing “sand” activities, at the Convention Center and on the nearby beach!

Join artists Doug Orr and Justin The Circler for free daily demos

At the Convention Center – Doug Orr, our resident sand artist will be building a sandcastle at the convention center and providing free daily sand building workshops and a “quick carve contest” for the entire family so you can head to the beach and build your own creations. Doug will be joined by sand artist Eric Hawley, who will be building a second sand castle at the convention center and will be working with Doug on the workshops and contests.

On the Beach – Justin The Circler will give guided instruction on the beach teaching the ancient of sacred geometry – sand mandalas.. Lessons, tools, and plenty of sand await you for an experience you will not soon forget.  Make mandalas and symmetric designs or just freestyle your name in the firm Ocean Shore sand.  FREE  lessons will start at 1pm Friday-Sunday but the fun will not stop until the tide comes in. Look for a gold pickup truck with black and white wind-spinners on the beach, just south of the Shilo Hotel entrance.For more information go to Turningcircles123.

Sand Castle and Quick Carve Schedule at the Convention Center
The Sand Quick Carve is a round robin type contest with prizes for the winners – fun for everyone
Friday AM
1pm –           kids sand castle carving class
2 & 2:30 –     kids quick carve contest
3 & 3:30 –    adult quick carve contest
3:30 –           adult quick carve
1pm –           kids sand castle carving class
1 & 1:30 –     kids quick carve contest
2 & 2:30 –    adult quick carve contest
3 –                kids sand carving class
11am –            kids sand castle carving class
1pm & 1:30 –  kids quick carve contest
2 & 2:30 –      adult quick carve

Douglas Orr spent part of his youth living in Grayland and spent much of his days on the beach building sand sculptures. Several times as a kid Douglas won the Fog Festival Sand Sculpture contest in Ocean Shores. While attending California State University in Long Beach CA, Douglas entered sand contests up and down the coast even taking first place in several contests in Mexico. His favorite event was the yearly US Open Sand Sculpture Contest in Imperial Beach CA where Douglas competed as a Master Sculptor several times including once when TV cameras and a crew followed him during the days of preparation leading up to the event and filmed him taking a 3rd place trophy and a $3000 cash prize. Douglas takes pride in not using forms to create his tall sculptures and always entered the “no forms” category. This skill is often overlooked by judges unfamiliar with how to judge a contest but usually leads to a trophy in more professional contests. Douglas has taught kids and family sculpting lesson and volunteers to help an Olympia sand sculpting team “Form Finders.” Douglas is an artist who lives in Aberdeen and is Director of the Aberdeen Arts Center –


Justin the Circler – Justin the Circler has dedicated his life to learning the ancient craft of pure or sacred geometry and its endless related topics.  A naturalist, philosopher, mathematician, inventor, carpenter, and artist, he has emerged as a messenger and teacher.  Many sleepless nights spent contemplating, theorizing and notating original ideas to later find out his ideas are ages old but have been forgotten or even hidden.  The Circler’s goal is to bring these ancient ideas into the collective mind of modern society to bring forth a more holistic perspective regarding our past, present, and future.