April 23-25, 2021
Rain or Shine!
History of Partnership
In 1997, the first SandFest was organized by the Art Center for the Islands (now the Port Aransas Art Center), which was under the direction of Sharon Schafer.
A few years later, the event had developed into a 3-day festival. Dee McElroy, who had experience as a contestant at sand sculpting festivals, joined the team. She recognized that if the event was to grow, it needed to be under a the umbrella of a nonprofit organization. She brought the idea to the Port Aransas Community Theatre (PACT) board of directors; she suggested that they conduct Texas SandFest business under the 501(c)3 umbrella of the theatre and make it a fundraiser for the theatre. PACT would receive all profits for each year’s event.
As the event progressed, it brought thousands of people to the island — filling rooms and providing business for restaurants, shops and local merchants.
Early in 2006, Dee approached the PACT board with the request to release the festival to stand alone as a nonprofit group. The theatre board of directors agreed, with the understanding that their group could always be a partner in the work of the event and share in the profits.
Texas SandFest and the Port Aransas Community Theatre continue to support each other to this day. Texas SandFest provides help to multiple nonprofits in town, and is a generous friend of PACT's.
Nowadays, SandFest is a huge event that requires countless man-hours to run smoothly and effectively. Here at PACT, we hope that you will consider volunteering for SandFest. Texas Sandfest is an important part of our community and, by volunteering, your efforts will help keep Port Aransas the island paradise it is for so many.