Sand Sculpting Winners Declared at 10th Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic


International sand sculpting champions were declared yesterday during the tenth annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival, which is draws thousands to Siesta Public Beach. Awards were presented November 17, to winning teams of two and solo master sand sculptors. The Crystal Classic drew seven teams of two and nine solo artists from nations around the world, including Singapore, Canada, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Columbia, Ireland and U.S. states including California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Texas. Team sculptors Walter McDonald, U.S.A. and Abe Waterman, Canada, won first prize ($4,000) for “Mine is Bigger Than Yours.” First place in the solo artist category was John Gowdy, Italy, for “Sand Man Rises,” $2000.
“Despite the weather challenges this week, which created some difficulty, the quality of this year’s sculptures has been outstanding," says Event Chair Maria Bankemper. "We appreciate the public’s participation and support as the turnout was much better than expected. We know we had many locals and tourists who came out and we’re looking forward to 2020." Click here to see the completed sculptures. Details at

Pictured: Walter McDonald and Abe Waterman with

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