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Sand, water sculpt fun-filled event for children at Levis Commons

Sean Triggs circled a water table Friday at the Town Center at Levis Commons, snapping photo after photo of his 14-month-old daughter Kendyl, who splashed and played with floating objects.

"There are some really nice kids areas," Mr. Triggs said. "After this, [Kendyl] will dry off and we'll check out some of the sculptures."

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PHOTO GALLERY: Sand-Tastic! photo booth Friday, Saturday

Hundreds of children swarmed around their parents during the annual summer festival called Sand-Tastic at Levis Commons. The event was open on Friday and is open from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday. There also were four sand sculpting spots.

David Smith was building a sculpture of the Statue of Liberty.

"I'll be lucky if we finish by the buzzer tomorrow at 9 p.m.," he joked. "The tough part of this is working with the weather. Water is not your friend and yesterday was the arrival of the enemy."

Thursday, when workers were setting up the sand areas, it rained, making it impossible to work, he said. Last week, he said, Chad Hartson, who is the owner of Ice Creations of Napoleon which was the set-up company for Sand-Tastic, was sculpting a eight-foot angel fish and had it fall apart because of water, and he turned it into a two-foot spider.

"It's all depending on on if Mother Nature lets you work," Mr. Smith said. 

Heavy thunderstorms popped up around 3:30 p.m. Friday, clearing the area, but before that two-year old Benjamin Blackburn was sitting in the lap of his father Corey Blacukburns in the middle of a 30 by 30-foot community sandbox. Benjamin's mother watched from a distance.

"This is something that we can come have a good time together and it is free," Perrysburg resident Amanda Blackburn said. "We will come back tomorrow and play some until he gets worn out or we give up."

Saturday, besides the water tables, sand box and live music at the Town Center at Levis Commons, there  will be a celebrity dunk tank, horse-drawn carriage rides, and an amateur sand sculptor competition.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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