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Leonardo Ugolini celebrates after winning 1st place in the individual category of the 2017 Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition
Leonardo Ugolini celebrates after winning 1st place in the individual category of the 2017 Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Kings of the castle: winner crowned as sand sculptures fill Parksville park

By Ian Holmes
July 16, 2017 - 9:51pm Updated: July 17, 2017 - 10:21am

PARKSVILLE — A first-time winner from Italy stole the show at the 35th annual Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition in Parksville.

Leonardo Ugolini took home the top prize Sunday night in the individual category with his piece titled "Spirits of Canada."

2016 solo division champion Wilfred Stijger of the Netherlands with his masterpiece "up"
2016 solo division champion Wilfred Stijger of the Netherlands with his masterpiece "up" Parksville Beach Festival

Top sand sculptors on the planet converge on Parksville

By Ian Holmes
July 14, 2017 - 3:35pm Updated: July 15, 2017 - 7:29am

PARKSVILLE —  Some of the world's top sculptors are in Parksville for Canada's premier sand sculpting competition.

The 35th annual Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition kicked off the Parksville Beach Festival on Friday afternoon at the Community Park.

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