These are no run-of-the-mill sand castles. The families construct a bustling city of sand with impressive towers, walls, and ornamentation.
Each person has a special job to do. Rusty Rockstroh, 19, is best known for his skill in scoring bricks on sand buildings.
The ocean will soon reclaim this sand castle, replete with turrets and curved steps.
Details make the difference. It takes a steady hand to create intricate grooves, ridges, and lines in the sand. Tools typically used to carve clay also work wonders with compacted sand.
A 10-foot long sand dragon slumbers on the beach and breathes fire at dusk.
As the sun sets, torches and tea candles dramatically light the sand village.