Festival of Sand

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The beach came to Bowling Green on Aug. 10 for the annual "Festival of Sand."

The event raises money for Kids on the Block.

The organization is dedicated to visiting schools and educating students about issues like divorce, child abuse and disabilities.

The participants started building at 10 a.m. and ended about six-hours later.

Mackenzie Elkins is a 5th Grader at Potter Gray. This is the first year the Panther's have participated in the "Festival of Sand."

"I made the rough edges and the roots. I hope we can win with our panther," Elkins said.

But building sand castles isn't just for kids, the adults had their hand in it too.

"We had three forms, a 3 x 8 and two smaller ones, and you work your way down," explained Nita Cole, a teacher at Potter Gray.

She said building the panther was fun, but it wasn't easy.

"The legs used to be kind of standing on top, but one fell then the other fell so he's laying more relaxed," Cole said.

And the heat didn't help.

"We brought lots of sun tan lotions and sprays, but I'm sure the parents won't be able to tell it once the kids get home," Cole admitted.

"Me and my friends stayed under the tent a lot and played in the sand box," Elkins added.

But Mackenzie said her favorite part of the competition was helping an organization that always helps her school.

Nita assured that they definitely plan on participating again next year.

"It's something to remember for the rest of our lives," she said.

There's an added attraction to this year's "Festival of Sand." A bake sale will be held to benefit Ethan Tate.

Ethan is fighting a malignant brain tumor and needs money to help his family pay for his treatment and living expenses.

So the "Festival of Sand" bake sale will be Aug. 10 and Aug. 11.

If you'd like to donate money to Ethan's treatment, stop by the "Festival of Sand" at the old Bowling Green mall on either day or at any branch of National City Bank.

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