(SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE) The federal government shutdown has washed away – at least for now – a long-standing sand castle contest that raises money for arts programs at public schools.

The contest was to take place Saturday at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, with teams from 26 public elementary schools collaborating with adults from design-related firms to build fantastical structures of water and sand.

But the 30th annual contest was postponed “indefinitely” on Tuesday. The beach is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which has furloughed most of its employees and revoked all event permits until there’s a resolution of the standoff in Washington, D.C., over funding for the 2013-14 federal budget.

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