The Port Huron Museum and Friends of the Fort Gratiot Light say that Blue Water SandFest, Michigan’s first Master and Professional sand sculpting competition, was a huge success. Held on the grounds of the historic Fort Gratiot Light Station County Park, SandFest was attended by more than 8,300 visitors who were able to view ten sand sculptures as they were being created, watch sand sculpting demonstrations and Quick Sand competitions, all while listening to live music throughout the four-day event. There was also an Amateur sand sculpting competition held on the Light Station beach on Saturday, July 6 . The event was rounded out with visitors touring the Fort Gratiot Hospital located adjacent to the park, and also view two art reproductions from the Detroit Institute of Arts Inside/Out art program. Watson and the Shark and Syria by the Sea will be available for viewing in the park thru August 1st. Blue Water SandFest raised over $37,000.00. This money will be used to support the restoration and refurbishment work needed on the historic Light Station buildings in the park. Plans are already being made to hold Blue Water SandFest again next year. Tentative dates are Friday, July 4 th thru Sunday, July 6 t h, with Thursday, July 3 rd being free viewing days as the Master Sand Sculptors finish the “Group Carve” Welcome Sculpture. The admission price will remain at $5.00 per person with kids 4 and under free.