See some giant sand sculptures in Arvada today (or just look at these photos)

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What’s a sandcastle without the ocean? Still pretty cool, as it turns out.

Sand in the City runs today until 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ralston Park in Aurora, with organizers expecting about 17,000 visitors in all.

Check out our staff photos and the best of social media after the jump.

Sand sculpting master Andy Daily says he's been shaping the stuff for his whole life. Seen at Arvada's Sand in the City festival on June 25, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Sand sculpting master Andy Daily says he's been shaping the stuff for his whole life. Seen at Arvada's Sand in the City festival on June 25, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Festivalgoers peer through a sandy keyhole into a sandy living room at Arvada's Sand in the City festival on June 25, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Festivalgoers peer through a sandy keyhole into a sandy living room at Arvada's Sand in the City festival on June 25, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A sand installation depicting characters from "The Secret Life of Pets" at Arvada's Sand in the City festival on June 25, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A sand installation depicting characters from "The Secret Life of Pets" at Arvada's Sand in the City festival on June 25, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Two of potentially three little piggies molded from ultra-fine sand at Arvada's Sand in the City festival on June 25, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Two of potentially three little piggies molded from ultra-fine sand at Arvada's Sand in the City festival on June 25, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Aiden Anderson smiles for the camera at Arvada's Sand in the City festival on June 25, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Aiden Anderson smiles for the camera at Arvada's Sand in the City festival on June 25, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A mass of kids dig for treasure in a sandbox at Arvada's Sand in the City festival on June 25, 2016.(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A mass of kids dig for treasure in a sandbox at Arvada's Sand in the City festival on June 25, 2016.(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Chris Thomas cradles a peeping chick in his hands at Wardle Feed and Pet Supply booth. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Chris Thomas cradles a peeping chick in his hands at Wardle Feed and Pet Supply booth. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Willie Sapp masons a television screen out of sand as part of the crown display sculpture at Avada's Sand in the City Festival on June 25, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)sand in the city; sand castle; summer; festival; arvada; denver; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;

Willie Sapp masons a television screen out of sand as part of the crown display sculpture at Avada's Sand in the City Festival on June 25, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A "Despicable Me"-themed sand installation at Arvada's Sand in the City festival on June 25, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A "Despicable Me"-themed sand installation at Arvada's Sand in the City festival on June 25, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Kevin Schluckebier chisels away at the featured sculpture at Arvada's Sand in the City festival on June 25, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Kevin Schluckebier chisels away at the featured sculpture at Arvada's Sand in the City festival on June 25, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The finished project! Thanks @epicexperience for another wonderful experience!

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