Building Sand Castles – and So Much More – on Clearwater Beach
The theme of this year’s Sugar Sand Festival, which opens Friday (April 15), is “All Out Music.”
CLEARWATER BEACH – It’s that time of year again to R.O.C.K in the U.S.A., or in our case, R.O.C.K on Clearwater Beach.
The fourth annual Bright House Networks Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival will transform America’s best beach into a museum of dazzling sand sculptures from Friday (April 15) through April 24. This year’s theme is “All Out Music.”
Ten world-class sculptors will rock around the clock sculpting elaborate sand sculptures from Clearwater’s internationally-famous sugar sand. The works of art will be on display for 10 days in a 21,000-square-foot tent. More than 1,000 tons of Clearwater sand will be brought to life, taking visitors on a musical journey through the decades while celebrating America’s greatest music legends and hits.
Team Sandtastic will return for a fourth year to sculpt the exhibit and compete in the Master Sand Sculpting Competition, which will give visitors an up-close, personal look at these fascinating artists. The 10-day festival will have a variety of free activities including six nights of concerts on the beach, sand sculpting clinics, speed sand demonstrations, a children’s play area, extended Sunsets at Pier 60 hours, fireworks, amusements and entertainment. Last year’s festival drew 30,000 visitors to the exhibit. More than 100,000 participants took advantage of the free activities during the festival.
The festival is a joint effort between Sunsets at Pier 60 and the city of Clearwater and has become one of the most popular activities of the city’s annual Fun ‘n Sun Festival.
Admission to the sculpture exhibit will be $10 for adults, $5 for students ages 6 to 17 years old, and $7 for those 55 and older, military personnel, police officers, firefighters and teachers (proper identification required). Children 5 and younger will be admitted free of charge with adult purchase. Adult and senior tickets include a complimentary souvenir photo.
For information about the festival, go to sugarsandfestival.com.
Photographs from the 2015 Sugar Sand Festival courtesy of the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival.
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