Board of Directors

Siesta Beach Festival Inc d/b/a Siesta Key Crystal Classic

8388 S. Tamiami Tr., #108
Sarasota, Fl 34238

A portion of your proceeds from this year's festival will be donated to a scholarship fund for Ringling College art students for the 2020 attendance year.  Winners of the four $2500 scholarships will be announced in the spring of 2020.

2019 Board Chair

  • Maria Bankemper - Co-Owner, Best Western Plus - Siesta Key Gateway

Board Members

  • J. Robert Parkinson, Trident Communication - Treasurer
  • Mark Smith, Smith Architects

Siesta Beach Festival Inc. is a Florida non-profit 501c(3) organization.  It's mission is to promote tourism and Siesta Beach while supporting the visual arts via a sand sculpting competition that produces 16 sculptures from the finest, whitest sand in the world.  Siesta Beach Festival Inc. and Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce work together to produce the festival, Siesta Key Crystal Classic, each year.

2018 Winner


Siesta Key Crystal Classic

November 15 - 18, 2019
Recently named America's #1 Beach, the Siesta Key Crystal Classic has become a favorite of the professional sand sculptors who have competed here.


Off Site Transportation

Avoid the crowds at the beach!  Take Route 11 to Siesta or Ride the Siesta Key Breeze Free Trolley Service on the island.

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Become A Sponsor

The Siesta Key Crystal Classic offers sponsors high visibility, the opportunity to participate in a collaborative community event and a way to visibly support the cultural arts and our beautiful Siesta Beach. With over 50,000 attendees, your brand or logo is exposed to over 25,000 people outside of Sarasota County.*

Please click here to forward any inquiries regarding sponsorship. Thank you!

*Based upon surveys of attendees from 2016 festival.

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