This November Fort Myers Beach will be home to the state’s largest sand sculpting festival – the American Sand Sculpting Championship. This year’s event will take place November 20-29, 2015, and will feature master sand sculptors from around the world as well as more than 1,000 tons of sand.
These artists will be showcasing their talents and working hard to create one-of-a-kind sculptures that will leave you in awe! The event begins with the singles competition during the first week followed by the doubles and then the Advanced Amateur Florida State Championships.
This event has gained national attention from USA Today and CNN Travel calling the event a must see and one of the 10 best sand sculpting competitions in the world.
Event attendees can expect to see a wide range of offerings during the American Sand Sculpting Championship, including:
More than 30 Sand Sculptures – View over 30 sand sculptures, more than 1,000 tons of beach sand will be sculpted, including a huge 350 ton sand sculpture
Quick Sand Speed Sand Sculpting© – An audience-participation show in which two sculptors go head-to-head for a ten-minute sculpting competition, sculpting a subject selected by someone in the audience. The winner of each round advances to championship rounds based on audience applause.
Photo Opportunity Sculptures – Step into the sculpture, become a part of it and have your photo taken. You can also have the sculpture customized by carving family names, dates and just about anything into the sculpture to make it your very own – family vacation photo, Christmas card, souvenir, post card, etc.
Kids Zone – The kids can practice building their own sand sculptures as well as numerous kid’s activities.
Sand Sculpting Demonstrations and Lessons – Learn the Tricks of the Master Sculptors.
Amateur Contest – Open to anyone and all levels of sculptors, try your hand at sand sculpting.
State Championships – This is a competition where an advanced amateur sand sculptor can prove their abilities and get one step closer to being accepted as a Master Sculptor.
Sand Vendor Village – More than 50 vendors from around the country will be offering a great selection of food, beverages, specialty retail and arts and crafts.
Returning for the 3rd year and bigger and better will be the SAND SHUFFLE. The SAND SHUFFLE brings the sand and artistry of Master Sculptors to businesses, attractions and destinations around Southwest Florida. Renowned Master Sculptor Melineige Beauregard will have her work featured at participating locations. The SAND SHUFFLE allows guests to visit, photograph and share the sculptures socially through their own social media outlets as well as the event’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Additionally guests will be able to pick up an event guide with a SAND SHUFFLE Passport and get stamps at the locations where sculptures reside for a chance at great prizes.
Admission to the American Sand Sculpting Championship is $5 and children 4 and under are free.
Make a Wish Day
Friday, November 21 is Opening Day of the American Sand Sculpting Championship and has been dedicated as” Make a Wish Day.” The event will be donating 20% of the proceeds generated from gate admission on November 22nd to the Make a Wish Foundation in the hopes of making dreams come true.
If you are looking for a reason to enjoy all the beauty and wonder that Fort Myers has to offer be sure to include this event in your travel plans.
And be sure your travel plans include booking a rental home with Sun Palace Vacations. Many of our homes are fully furnished, have a functional kitchen, and come with fresh linens. Vacationing on any budget is a breeze with a wide variety of vacation homes available. If you’re vacationing on a budget, consider going bare bones or split the cost with friends so that you’ll have extra money for beach fun. On the other hand, if you wish to go for a luxury rental, you’ll enjoy some wonderful amenities like hot tubs, gourmet kitchens, and private pools. In either case, you’ll see that Fort Myers Beach really is a great place to enjoy your vacation this summer and there are plenty of easy ways to reach the city.