Red Rocks team places third in Arvada’s Sand in the City competition

Red Rocks team places third in Arvada’s Sand in the City competition

Team “gets Kraken” with Sea you at RRCC theme

Lakewood, CO— Red Rocks Community College’s sand sculpture “Sea you at RRCC” took third place in the Arvada Chamber’s annual Sand in the City contest and festival on June 26 in Ralston Park near Arvada West High School.

The Red Rocks team of 17 included RRCC staff, students, and their friends and family. The team competed against eight other local teams to build their sculpture--a mythological Kraken sea creature, mermaid, shipwreck, and treasure chest. Some of the team had experience working with sand from the college’s previous participation, while others learned technique at a ‘Sand 101’ hands-on training. 

Approximately 200 tons of sand were deposited and divided into piles for the contest.  Teams were allowed to make initial preparations from 8-10 a.m. before the official timed contest began at 10 a.m. The first part of the contest were spent shoveling sand into wooden forms, pouring water, stirring the mixture, and using weighted tools to pack it down. Teamwork was key as members took turns with the physical labor of preparing the sand for sculpting.  Next, team members sculpted the design using devices ranging from gardening tools to kitchen utensils to professional sculpting tools to carve out the details. 

Shortly after the “tools down!” call at 4 p.m., the judging began. Arvada Mayor Marc Williams and other elected officials cast their votes for the winners. First place went to Arvada Young Professionals for their ‘Monopoly’ game characters and second place was awarded to Peace Jam for their solar house.

The festival was open to the public on June 27 and 28, and included live music, children’s activities, food vendors, and retail booths. Festival attendees were able to vote for their favorite sculptures by donating money to their nonprofit partner. The RRCC Foundation was the recipient of donations for the Red Rocks Community College sculpture.

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About Red Rocks Community College:  Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 14,000 students per year online and at two campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.

RRCC at Sand in the City 2015, Ralston Park, Arvada
Wednesday, July 1, 2015