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Peddler’s Village to display large sand sculptures


Peddler’s Village in Lahaska will host a major summer-long event featuring large sand sculptures.

Free and open to the public from June 8 through Aug. 31, “Bucks County Beach Days: Sand Sculptures in the Village” will showcase six 12-foot-tall sculptures and two smaller ones created by four master sand sculptors. The spectacular sculptures, all of which are due to be completed by June 8 (weather depending), will pay homage to Bucks County’s rich history, landmarks, and scenery.

Sandboxes designed for family play will also be placed throughout the property. The event is one of many planned during Peddler’s Village’s celebratory 60th anniversary year.

Starting on May 21 (weather permitting), Peddler’s Village guests will have the opportunity to watch sand sculpting teams create. The creation phase will span a total of three weeks, with staggered schedules for the sculptors. The four sculptor teams involved in the project will be: the Sand Sculpture Company, led by Ted Seibert; Team Sandtastic; Sand Pounders, led by Chuck Feld; and John Gowdy and Laura Gowdy.

The finished sculptures will showcase numerous Bucks County landmarks and themes, including Peddler’s Village, Washington Crossing Historic Park, covered bridges, Fonthill Castle, and the Bucks County Playhouse, among others. Visitors who come to the Peddler’s Village sand sculpture show are encouraged to visit these and other nearby attractions as well. Financial support for Bucks County Beach Days: Sand Sculptures in the Village is provided by Visit Bucks County.

This is not the first time Peddler’s Village has been adorned with larger-than-life sand art; large sand pieces were periodically created on the property in the 1990s. Two of the teams that were directly involved in those projects are returning to Peddler’s Village this summer after the decades-long hiatus: Ted Seibert, who was selected by founder Earl Jamison to create sand sculptures in celebration of the 30th anniversary in 1992, and Team Sandtastic, which created a series of whimsical sand sculptures from 1997 through 1999.

“We wanted to commemorate our 60th anniversary not only by celebrating the history and success of Peddler’s Village, but also by recognizing some of the many other historical and cultural treasures of Bucks County,” said Bob McGowan, chief operating officer of Peddler’s Village. “Through this major, free event and our close partnership with Visit Bucks County, we hope to attract many new and returning visitors, including families, to see these remarkable sculptures as well as the incredible and fascinating landmarks that surround us.”

Details about “Bucks County Beach Days: Sand Sculptures in the Village” will be shared on the Peddlers Village website and social media.