This event is no longer. From the Sarsota County Recreation Department: "After 50 years, the Amateur Sand Sculpting Contest has come to a close. Low participation was the main component to our decision. Crystal Classic has an amateur component to the festival in November and we hope some sculptures will come participate then."
This page about the event will remain on my website as a tribute to the event.
The contest is pure, creative fun on the pure white sand beach of Siesta Key, TWICE rated the Number 1 beach in the USA in recent years in a national ranking by "Dr. Beach!"
This annual, world-famous contest
is being held on Saturday morning May 01, 2021.
The artful competition has been featured, in the past, on cable-TV’s The Travel Channel.
There's another Sand Sculpting Competition held in the fall. Click here for information on the Siesta Key Master Sand Sculpture Contest.
This contest, each year in May, is a popular event attended by all age groups and skill levels.
You can find some painstakingly sculpted sand-art designs by some very talented people.
You’ll find more than just Castles in the Sand at this contest.
With three categories of competitors: Adult Humorous, Adult Miscellaneous, Children 10 and under and Youth 11-17, there are more than enough talented sculptors to watch as they toil on their creations. The contest is free and open to all.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Siesta Key Beach just south of the Pavilion. Judging commences at about 1 p.m. and winners are announced around 2 p.m. Judging is usually done by a local group of celebrities and/or art aficionados.
The weather is usually terrific for the contest, with bright Florida sunshine and blue skies along with a background of the beautiful turquoise waters of one of the Gulf of Mexico’s finest beaches.
Although this is a very popular event, there’s plenty of room on the beach for all the sculptors and spectators.
Bring your beach chair and cooler, sunshade and sunscreen and enjoy the mid day while watching the talented artists create their masterpieces on the beach!
More info: 941-861-5000
Directions: To get to Siesta Key Beach, take Rt 41 to Stickney Point, then west over the Stickney Point Bridge. Turn right just over the bridge onto Midnight Pass road and follow it until it becomes Beach Road (Midnight Pass Road turns to the right where it intersects with Beach Road) straight to Siesta Beach.