Amateur sand sculptors around the world are flying to Florida to take part in the annual Siesta Key's Sand Sculpting Contest taking place at Siesta Public Beach in Florida next month.
On the 4th May the white sand beaches of Siesta Key will be filled with sand castles, houses, cars and statues sculpted by amateur sand sculptors competing for a cash prize. The competition, which is now in its 41st year, is free to enter and includes demonstrations and lessons in sand sculpting. Taking place at one of the USA’s best beaches, the competition draws in swarms of tourists and locals annually, who are looking to marvel and take part in the contest. The amateur competition is divided into several categories including adult humorous, adult miscellaneous, children 10 years and younger, and children 11 to 17 years old. Winners of each category will also receive an invitation to the Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Contest held at Siesta Beach each year in November. The Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Contest is a step up from the amateur competition held in May. Contestants must first win the title of “Master Sculptor”, by winning amateur contests, before being allowed to take part. Participants involved in the Crystal Classic competition compete for an $18,000 cash prize, and the event in November draws in around 50,000 people every year. Siesta Key’s Amateur Sand Sculpting Contest will start at 9 am Saturday 4th May. Judging will take place at 1 pm with the winners announced by 2 pm. Image sources: 123