What if you went to the beach and there was no sand? What if all the sand was gathered up and used to build sandcastles? Impossible, you say?! You may be right, but about 1,000 tons of Clearwater’s white sand was used to create some of the most beautiful sand sculptures we’ve ever seen as part of the annual Sugar Sands Festival.
The third annual Sugar Sand Festival was hosted near Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach.
Team Sandtastic – a group of professional sculptors – used 11 team members to create the pieces over a nine-day period.
The third annual festival’s theme was enchanted tales, and featured a variety of fairy tales.
The seven dwarfs found their way to Clearwater as part of the event.
My favorite sculpture was “The Three Little Pigs.” I loved the art work on it. Though, I admit it was difficult choosing just one piece to call a favorite.
Lisa liked “The Boy who cried Wolf” the most.
The Little Mermaid was an outstanding sculpture.
Who are we kidding? Every sand sculpture was amazing! The team creating the artwork was an impressive group.
Aladdin and the genie made an appearance.
The gingerbread cookie had yet to lose any of his gumball buttons.
Humpty Dumpty was getting ready for a great fall. I’m not sure the egg fell accidentally or not. Regardless, his brain was scrambled.
Speaking of scrambled eggs, anyone up for a couple of blackbirds in a pie?
Seriously, the lady who lived in a shoe, she could have used scramble Humpty dumpty and the pie. She had some hungry kids.
I wonder if the lady looks out the shoe eye hole and wonders what life must be like for Cinderella.
Do you think if the prince hadn’t found Cinderella and had her try on the shoe, Robin Hood may have had the chance to make a love connection with her?
I think Puss N’ Boots may have challenged Robin for control of Sherwood Forest.
Little Red Riding Hood found her way to the sculpture show.
Not to be outdone by anyone, Goldilocks had spent such an exhausting day at Clearwater Beach, she had to find a spot for a nap. Little did she know…
The sand festival featured a beautiful presentation of Dolphin Tales. Winter, the dolphin the original movie was based on, lives in the maritime center in Clearwater.
The sculptors had a side competition to see whose sculpture could be voted the best. People could donate money for each side sculpture. The money went to help with books and supplies for a local elementary school.
The Sugar sand festival has grown in popularity during its short three span. In 2014, about 300,000 people checked out the sculptures over a 10-day period. The 2016 event is tentatively targeted for April 15-24.
For more information on the sand sculpture festival and admission fees, please visit www.sugarsandfestival.com.
Disclaimer: Thank you to the Sugar Sand Festival organizers for the complimentary admission to the event. However, all opinions and views are ours.