A bit of the beach has come to Hearne as part of a new event

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Hearne, Texas (KBTX) – While sand sculptures are usually seen on the beach, Hearne residents had the opportunity to have a little fun on the sand, without having to go very far.

On Saturday, Hearne hosted its first inaugural Hearne Cross Road Sand Sculpture Festival and Competition. The festival is free and located near the Hearne Railroad and Museum Depot. Attendees could take part in free sculpting classes, browse various vendors, or grab a bite to eat while listening to music. There were sand sculpture demonstrations and creations such as the classic sandcastle, an owl spreading its wings and a lion.

Event coordinator Christy Atkinson says she’s traveled all over building sand sculptures, so it’s exciting to be able to bring the art form to her neighborhood.

“To bring it to our little little community and expose everyone to this phenomenal art, I just think it’s a good thing because if you can’t go, we’ll bring it to you,” Atkinson said. .

Atkinson said he used river sand for the event that was hauled in from Franklin.

“It’s very different from what we use at the beach, but it’s great for it,” Atkinson said. “It’s really strong, there’s a bit of clay in it, but not too much because then it will hold a lot of water.”

Those who enter the sculpting competition are placed in the master or semi-professional category. Atkinson said the sculptures are judged on their “wow factor,” if they’re made to be realistic, how realistic are they, and if they’re made to be crazy, are they crazy enough.

“The jury will decide what they think is best, but we also have the people’s choice,” Atkinson said. “If you’re coming to the event, find me or someone else who has a voting ticket and you can vote for whoever you like best.”

The sculptors will stop working on their creations at 3 p.m. Sunday and the winners will be crowned at 5 p.m. Atkinson said the first winner of the masters category will receive a cash prize of $500. The first winner in the semi-professional category will receive a cash prize of $300 and a medal.

Atkinson said she hopes to be able to make the event even bigger and better next year.

“It’s really important to have big events in your city, no matter where you live, but especially in Hearne,” Atkinson. “We really try to bring people into the community, to let them know that it’s a nice little town.”

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