Come see master sculptors create fanciful creatures and staggering structures out of sand during Cannon Beach's hugely popular 40th Sandcastle Day June 5.

The beach is filled with nearly 100 teams of all skill levels turning sand and imagination into works of art.

Sandcastle Day began in 1964, and has grown into one of the largest sand-building contests on the West Coast.

Watch artists in the master's division use precision tools to coax the sand into shape - like blowing air through a drinking straw for some of the detailed sculpting.

Who will win in 2004? Come find out!

Over the years, master sandcastle artists have come from as far away as Canada, Germany and Japan to test their mettle against fellow masons of sand. Their interest proves contagious to apprentice sandcastle wizards, as well as to spectators who love to watch them in action.

Recent years have brought 20,000 to 25,000 visitors to the festival. While there is no theme, entries can range from peewee size to the Masters model, about 30 feet by 30 feet. Teams consist of anywhere from one to 10 sand artists. Only natural decorations are allowed.

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