Bring your buckets, shovels,

friends and family. The City of Evanston‘s Recreation Division is hosting a free Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest from to Monday, July 13, at Clark Street Beach,

1811 Sheridan Road

. The sandy beach is just waiting for creative people of all ages. Build an intricate castle complete with moat or create a truly unique sculpture. Prizes will be awarded in such categories as largest castle and best family effort.

            Although the contest is free, participants should preregister between July 1-12 by calling 847-866-4167. Beach admission fees apply to nonresidents;

Clark St.

beach is free to residents on Mondays, July 6-Aug. 24. The contest rain date is Monday, July 20.