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Siesta Key Sandcastle Competition on Siesta Key Beach

Posted by Sara Leicht on Friday, November 18th, 2011 at 4:07pm.

Siesta Key Sandcastle Competition

Next Amateur Competition:

May 7, 2016
The 44th Annual-Siesta Key Amateur Sand Sculpting Contest
Where: On the White Sandy Beach of Siesta Key Public Beach
Starts at 9:00 am, Registration is at 8:30am South of the Pavilion.
For more information contact Sarasota County Parks and Recreation at (941) 861-9930 

This past weekend was the 2nd annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Contest,  held on the world famous #1 rated Siesta Key Beach  in Sarasota, Florida.  Siesta Key Beach was recently chosen as the #1 Beach in America by Dr. Stephen Leatherman (a.k.a.) Dr. Beach.  Dr. Leatherman is the Director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research. 

crystal_classicThis has become an annual organized event with thousands of spectators coming in to watch professional sand sculptors show off their trade with proceeds benefiting sea turtle research, conservation and rehabilitation programs at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium located in Sarasota.  What a great event this has become with live music on the beach, food and vendors with local artist, environmental education by Mote Marine Laboratories, and great photo opportunities with these magnificent Sandcastles and their creators.

As you will see from the pictures below the quality of the Siesta Key Sand which is 99% quartz crystal makes it ideal for sand sculptures.  And yes you can go ahead and try this on your own at home but you will find much better results if you try this on Siesta Key Beach.  So come on down to Siesta Key and enjoy the sugary-white sand, aqua-blue waters and our year round warm temperatures.


Please enjoy these pictures that my son Kyle Leicht took of these fabulous Siesta Key Sandcastles.  

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