Cannon Beach, OR. Tens of thousands of people turned out for the 53rd annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest on June 17th. A team called Form Finders, headquartered in Olympia, WA, created the winning entry. It featured an African safari with whimsical animals exploring the tundra by Jeep. The Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest is one of the oldest in the U.S. and is the most popular annual event in coastal town. There are divisions ranging from Masters, who create intricate sculptures, to large family groups, and children just having fun in the sand.

Here’s a list of the winners:

Here’s a look at some of the creations from this year.

From Cannon Beach:

Here’s a video about Cannon Beach:

Cannon Beach is a small town beach resort experience on the North Oregon Coast. It offers sightseeing, immediate access to natural areas, outdoor recreation and lodging, dining and shopping. It is popular for its long stretch of sandy beach, scenic shoreline with rock formations like Haystack Rock and its small, picturesque, walk-able downtown, all within 80 miles of Portland.