• Posted:Tuesday, September 8, 2009
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Unleash your inner sand sculptor

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Unleash your inner sand sculptor
Any backpackers out there who fancy themselves as a bit of a Picasso with a bucket and spade might like to head to Texas during October for the 22nd annual Sand Castle Days extravaganza, which is taking place this year from the 15th to the 18th on South Padre Island.

Sculptors from all over the world are planning to attend the not-for-profit affair, which offers over $10,000 (£6,043) in cash prizes to the winners, so it's worth heading down there if you have even the tiniest amount of artistic skill. Who knows? You could be heading home after your cheap travel holiday with more money than you left with, something which surely can't happen often when backpacking is on the agenda.

This year, the organisers are also putting on a Trash Art competition for those who might lack the wherewithal to sculpt, which involves the creation of a free-standing piece of art made predominantly from stuff found lying around on the beach. However, if you are interested in making objects out of slippery sand but aren't quite sure where to start, free lessons in the art will be available over the course of the three days so that when you do head home, you can drag your unsuspecting family to the beach and wow them with your newfound abilities.

Sandcastles aside, South Padre Island is a lovely place to visit and there are lots of things to do that don't involve getting covered in sand. If you're there for a few days following the festival, consider going dolphin watching, or taking a kiteboard out on the sea.ADNFCR-2435-ID-19350979-ADNFCR
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