Amateur Competition

Please visit 2021 Festival Tickets to purchase tickets for the Amateur Competition.

Date:Saturday, November 13, 2021.

Cost: Online registration ONLY.

Deadline: 11/9/2021 11:59 PM.

Entry fees vary depending upon level of competition; please see below.  Competitors receive a hand stamp for entry to sand village on Friday and Saturday only.  Entry for Sunday and Monday would be purchased separately.   All others accompanying the competitors must purchase admission either online in advance at a discount or at the gates.

Check In:

Early check in is Friday, 11/12/2020, from 12 - 4 PM or Saturday, 11/13/2021, at 8:00 AM at the main festival entrance tent.  Early check in competitors can bring their gear and leave at site.  The festival, however, is not responsible for loss or damage overnight.

Competition Categories:

  • Hatchlings – One or Two Children under 10 years of age (Parents are permitted to coach from the sidelines). $10.00
  • Loggerheads – One or Two Children, 11- 17 years of age. $10.00
  • Turtle Bale Youth - (Family or Friends) - Up to 5 Children, 10 - 17 years of age. $35.00
  • Turtle Bale – (Family or Friends) – Up to five members per team, 18 years or older. $50.00
  • Solo Leatherbacks – One Adult, 18 years of age and older. $25.00

Sculpting Time: 

Varies depending upon category. Hatchlings: 9 AM - 1 PM.  All others:  9 AM to 5 PM.


Sculptures will be judged by two staff Master Sculptors directly after competition.

Contestants will be informed of the winners at 4:00 at the stage

Winners Announced: 

Hatchlings at 1:15 PM in Amateur Area.  All others at 5 PM at Quick Sand Stage.


Hatchlings = $25. 

Loggerheads, Leatherback and Youth Turtle Bale = $50. 

Turtle Bale = $75

For more information, please email

Competition Rules:

  • There are only 25 plots and registration is first come, first serve.
  • Competitors must provide their own tools; none will be supplied at the event.
  • Additional suggested items to bring are sun screen, large brimmed hats, drinking water, towel and snacks.
  • No unauthorized people allowed in the plot.
  • No use of power tools.
  • Sculpture must remain within the boundaries of your plot.
  • Only the sand in your plot may be used to create your sculpture.
  • No rowdy or dangerous activities. Safe and courteous practices must be observed at all times.
  • No coloring of the sand in any way.
  • No additives are allowed in the sand. Event officials will apply an environmentally safe preserver to the sculptures after judging to insure they remain standing through the close of the Crystal Classic.
  • No umbrellas near the sculptures.
  • All forms and framework used must be removed before judging.

2019 Winner

 2019 1st place small

Siesta Key Crystal Classic

November 12 through November 15, 2021

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



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