Heavy rains over the weekend damaged some of the just-completed sand sculptures at a global competition in Federal Way.
The most heavily damaged sculptures were that of President Barack Obama by Sudarsan Pattnaik from India and one of an elephant by Paul Hoggard from England. About 90 percent of the 41 sculptures survived intact at the World Championship of Sand Sculpting.
The event started Sept. 8 and continues through Oct. 3 with master sculptors doing display sculpting. Some of them also will be repairing the damaged sculptures – once they dry, an organizer said in a news release. The City of Federal Way has contributed $81,000 toward the competition, betting that it will draw tourists to Federal Way.
The sand-sculpting event is taking place at the old Target and Toys R Us parking lot at 31510 20th Ave. S.