Shaping an Easter Story from Sand

. April 1, 2014.

A Findlay tradition returns at the end of this month with the annual Easter Sand Sculpture at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. This is the 15th year Roger Powell, along with a growing group of volunteers, has shaped an Easter story from sand. From its beginnings at the volleyball court at Riverside Park to its current home at the fairgrounds, Powell’s heartfelt work has gained national attention. Powell will begin creating his design beginning about April 13, the weekend before Easter. He and volunteers will spend the next week creating an Easter scene that will be finished in time for Easter Sunday sunrise services that attracted more than 800 people last year. “But this whole thing doesn’t revolve around me,” says Powell, a landscape architect who is co-owner of the Gaslight Gallery and owner of Powell’s Nursery & Landscape Design. “It revolves around everyone. This is something way beyond me. Everyone is part of it.” Volunteers include volunteers who bring Powell buckets of sand, churches that help organize events, restaurants that feed the volunteers, and trucking companies that deliver and remove the 400 tons of sand required for the massive project. Powell might have an idea of his design before starting out, but the end result is often better than his vision. “It’s an evolving surprise,” he says.

April 14 through Easter Sunday. Hancock County Fairgrounds, 1017 E. Sandusky St., Findlay. Along the way will be a
schedule of activities– and information on how to help through volunteering or donations- that can be found at Free