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For people of all ages, the simple act of scooping sand into buckets and then turning them over to create a castle is an enjoyable endeavor.

Whether the sandcastle is elaborate, with moats and drawbridges made of sticks, or simple creations, the art of building a sandcastle is something almost everyone enjoyed at some point in their lives.

On Saturday, people of all ages will get the chance to spend the morning building sandcastles during the second annual Sandcastle Day at Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held from 9 a.m. until noon on July 14 at Midland Beach on Lake 20 at Fremont State Lakes.

“Last year was the first time we held the event, and we had a pretty good response,” Bobbi Holm, naturalist at Fremont Lakes SRA, said. “We had around 20-25 people and some people made very elaborate castles and others were simple.”

According to Holm, while people can go out to Fremont State Lakes and build sandcastles anytime they please, Sandcastle Day is a way to remind area residents of all of the opportunities the lakes afford.

“Building sandcastles is something a lot of people don’t think about in Nebraska,” she said. “But we have plenty of beaches, and plenty of sand to do it, and it’s just a fun activity that isn’t expensive and that parents can do with their children.”

During the event, Fremont Lakes SRA will be providing some sand-building toys like buckets and shovels, but Holm encourages attendees to bring their own toys as well.

“You can just pick out a spot on the beach and start building,” she said.

Attendees will also receive coupons provided by the Tow Line, and although the event is currently not a competition, Holm says she would like to add a competitive aspect.

“The main reason we don’t have a competition involved is because we don’t currently have any prizes to give the winners,” she said.

Area individuals and businesses that may be interested in donating prizes for attendees are encouraged to contact Fremont State Lakes SRA at 402-727-2922.

While the event is free and open to the public, a park entry permit is required for all vehicles entering the SRA. Day passes to the SRA are $6 for vehicles with Nebraska license plates.



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