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Annual American Sandsculpting Championship

Updated on: Jun 23, 2022 6:57:54 PM

Fort Myers Beach hosts the largest sand sculpting event in the state.  Considered a "Must See" experience and one of the TOP TEN best sand sculpting competitions in the world by USA Today and CNN Travel.

Featuring more than 30 sand sculptures (using more than 1,000 tons of beach sand), an amateur contest, state championships, sand sculpting demonstrations & lessons, and a Quick Sand Speed Sand Sculpting Competition where two sculptors go head-to-head for a ten minute sculpting competition for a subject selected by someone in the audience.  Voting is based on your applause!


Photo Credit: Ft Myers Beach Chamber

This event is fun for the whole family with vendors, food trucks, and a kids zone where the little ones can try their hand at building their own masterpieces! Throughout the full 10 days of the event, there are typically 50,000 or more people that wander the beach, looking at the wonderful masterpieces. 

If you've ever been to the beach and tried to build a sand castle, you might have noticed that the sand you were using was either so dry that everything just crumbled around you or was so wet that it was just a mushy mess.  Well, chemistry has everything to do with it.  Like most things in life, you have to have just the right amount of each part of the mix to make something great.  The sands of Fort Myers Beach has that chemistry. Just the right kind of sand and most importantly, just the right amount of moisture. Making this the perfect place to get a bunch of masters together and play in the sand.

Since the competition takes place along the beach and behind a number of resorts, complimentary parking is available at the Lovers Key parking area and a free shuttle to and from is available.

So, come out and stick your toes in the sand and enjoy the art, sun and music.

The competition typically takes place in mid through late November. So, be sure to check out their website for a schedule of events and more about the sculptors!

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Topics: Attractions, Activities, Waterfront, Beaches, Fort Myers Beach, Outdoor, Events, Beach

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