Her favorite tool?
A simple plastic drinking straw. She wears it on a string, like a necklace.
"It's to blow off extra particles," said Gordon, 41, of
The free festival, which continues Sunday, typically draws 35,000 visitors, according to the museum's executive director
"We've never missed a year," said
The concept -- have teams compete in a sand-sculpture contest to raise money for a nonprofit -- has been duplicated in several communities including
Future events are planned for
"We're talking to a lot of people in
Donations and proceeds of
"It's our signature fund-raising event," Belmonte said.
The Garcia family of Joint Base Lewis-McChord brought sand buckets and shovels, thinking they'd look at some sculptures and let their kids play in the sand.
They were surprised that the event was so big, and offered so many other activities, including a rock-climbing wall, music, crafts and a petting zoo, said
"It's amazing," said 8-year-old son
(The pig lungs were at a booth sponsored by Together, and were part of a demonstration on the effect of tobacco use.)
Master sand sculptor
Her favorite part?
"Just seeing the raw form of sand come into a form and tell a story," she said. "It's so much fun."
Like Gordon, Kauzlarich's toolbox included shovels, cement trowels and brushes.
But her secret weapon is a circular metal curry comb, the type that's used in horse grooming.
"I can quickly remove a lot of sand at one time," Kauzlarich said.
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