Sand Sculpting Championship


Annual Event Opens November 22

The 33rd annual American Sand Sculpting Championship returns to Fort Myers Beach from Friday, November 22, through Sunday, December 1, at the Wyndham Garden Hotel at 6890 Estero Boulevard, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to the talented sculptors, there will be Quick Sand speed sculpting, Kid’s Zones, sand sculpting demonstrations, live music, and the Sand Vendor Village. Roughly 50,000 people will attend the 2019 American Sand Sculpting Championship’s various competitions.

“We award the Solo winner on Sunday the 24th,” said Bill Knight, Championship co-chair with wife Marianne of “The Sand Lovers” from Fort Myers. “The Doubles and Advance Amateur Crowns are awarded Sunday, December 1. There is a true Amateur Contest on Saturday, November 23 with 6 categories open to everyone with registration at 9 a.m. and sculpting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Amateur winners will be announced at 4:45 p.m.”

Master sculptors compete in the Solo Championship the first week, followed by the Doubles competition the second. “We have 19 Master Sand Sculptors in the Solo Division,” Bill related. “Many stay for the second week, composing the 5 Doubles Teams. There are an additional 11 competitors in the Advance Amateur Division, so these are 30 of the most amazing sand sculptors on Earth!”

Unique this year is “Sand Under The Stars” on Saturday evening, November 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. “We light up the sculptures, with the ‘Medley Brothers’ providing music, and make it a big party,” raved Bill! “Admission is $10-per-person.”

General admission is $8-per-person, with kids 4 & under free. A Family Pass for two adults and two children ages 5 to 12 is $25, with VIP Packages at $45-per-person that includes a meal from Texas Tony’s Rib & Brewhouse, four drink tickets, event t-shirt, and access to the Zing Patio Lounge with comfortable seating and shade. Tickets available at the event website mentioned below.

Free parking is available at Lovers Key State Park, with complementary shuttle service to and from the Wyndham. Approach Lovers Key from the south if possible, to avoid Estero Boulevard construction in the center sector of the island.

Volunteers are still needed. To volunteer, contact the FMB Chamber of Commerce at 239-454-7500. For a full schedule visit