Amateur Competition

The Crystal Classic Amateur Competition

Click here for the Amateur Sculptor Team Tickets

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019

Check In:  Early Check In -  Friday, 11/15 from 12 - 4 PM or Saturday, 11/16 at 8:00 am on the west end of the perimeter.  Early check in competitors can bring their gear and leave at site.  The festival, however, is not responsible for loss or damage overnight.

Cost:  Please follow the link to the sign up for teams and individuals.  Entry fees vary depending upon level of competition.  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.

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

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

Awards: Hatchlings = $25.  Loggerheads, Leatherback and Youth Turtle Bale = $50.  Turtle Bale = $75

For more information, please email

*There are only 25 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 Youth - (Family or Friends) - Up to 4 Children 10 - 17 years of age
  • Turtle Bale – (Family or Friends) – Up to four members per team 18 years or older
  • 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
  • Solo Leatherbacks – One Adult 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

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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