World Championship of Sand Sculpting extended to Oct. 10 | Slideshow of winning sculptures

Event organizers announced today that the World Championship of Sand Sculpting will stay open another week. Dozens of sculptures will be on display through Oct. 10 in Federal Way.

The competition features 63 sculptors from 17 nations. Federal Way resident Michael Velling is carving a special tribute to veterans and the United States, titled "Dedicated to Liberty." The patriotic sculpture stands more than 10 feet tall, infusing the likenesses of soldiers, the Statue of Liberty and a bald eagle.

For photos of the winning sculptures, check out the slideshow above.

If you go:

• The World Championship of Sand Sculpting runs 10 a.m. to dusk Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Hillside Plaza parking lot, 31510 20th Ave. S. (near the Federal Way Transit Center). Follow the signs from the South 320th Street exit off Interstate 5.

• Cost is $8.50 for an adult day pass or $6.50 for seniors and children. Season and family passes are also available. Visit to learn more.

Click here to read a Mirror report on the financial impact of the World Championship of Sand Sculpting.

Watch a short video on how the sculptors do their thing:

Check out this short video from Sept. 18, featuring sculptors in action on a sunny day:

List of winning sculptures:

Team competition winners

Gold: The Macha's, "Dreams." Team members are Charlotte Kolff, Marielle Heessels, Adriana van Rosmalen, Susanne Ruseler and Nicola Wood.

Silver: Team USA, "Open Mind." Team members are Matt Long, Kirk Rademaker, Jeff Strong and Fred Mallett.

Bronze: The Sandboxers, "Connected." Team members are Ken Abrams, Andrew Biggs, Mike Hearst, Greg Jacklin, Damon Langlois and Brian Turnbough.

Doubles competition winners

Gold: Hanneke Supply and Martijn Rijerse, "Distance Gives Perspective"

Silver: JooHeng Tan and Helena Bangert, "Human Balance"

Bronze: John Gowdy and Ray Villafane, "Spiritual Visions"

Solo competition winners

Gold: Thomas Koet, "Whirlwind"

Silver: Alexey Schchitov, Untitled

Bronze: Wilfred Stiger, "Facing the Negative"

Fourth: Dan Belcher, "Icuras II"

Fifth: Fergus Mulvany, "Magnetic Feels"

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