Amateur Competition

The Crystal Classic Amateur Competition

Click here for the Amateur Sculptor Team Tickets

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018

Registration: 9:00 am (Photo op tent)

Prizes:  First place in each division will be awarded $100.

Cost:  Competitors do not pay an entry fee.  Guests of competitors will need to pay $10 admission or have advance purchase tickets.

Sculpting Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Lunch Break: 12:00 – 12:30 PM

Sculpting Time: 12:30 – 2:30 PM

Winners Announced: 4:00 PM

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*There are only 20 plots and registration is first come, first served. 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.

Competition Categories

  • Turtle Bale – (Family or Friends) – Up to four members per team
  • Hatchlings – One or Two Children under 10 years of age (Parents are permitted to coach from the sidelines)
  • Loggerheads – One or Two Children 11- 17 years of age
  • Leatherbacks – One or Two Adults 18 years of age and older


  • Sculptures will be judged by two Master Sculptors directly after competition.
  • Contestants will be informed of the winners at 4:00 at the stage

Competition Rules

  • 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
  • All forms and framework used must be removed before judging
  • 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

2017 Winner


Siesta Key Crystal Classic

November 9 - 12, 2018
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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