FORT MYERS BEACH — Eighteen of the world’s top-ranked sand sculptors competed to wow the judges and the public with their fanciful creations at the inaugural Sand Bash Festival located behind the Holiday Inn on the south end of Fort Myers Beach.
The competition continues until 9 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 17 and seniors over 55. Those younger than 5 are free.
Crowds filled the broad stretch of beach behind the beach-side Holiday Inn, climbing onto shuttle buses to return to the offsite parking. The pros went high-concept, with entries including “Fate Sets Up the Chessboard, While Death Rolls Out the Dice,” “Kindlegarten,” and “The S-Hands of Time.”
A swarm of vendors sold kettle korn, Swarovski crystal, t-shirts and refreshments, and youngsters enjoyed flying, splashing, and bouncing in the Kids’ Zone. Hundreds of yards away, at the water’s edge, the amateur sandcastle builders made their less-spectacular structures, tossed Frisbees and footballs, and enjoyed what event organizer Jason Camp called “chamber of commerce weather.”
The event supports the charitable efforts of nine Lee and Collier County Kiwanis clubs, and continues through Sunday.
Adults will not want to miss the sand built Parrot Bar, serving a full menu of liquor, beer and wine. Kids will have access to a large play area with water slides and bounce houses for an additional $10.
If you go
Sand Bash Festival
When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
Where: Behind the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Beach, 6890 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
Admission: $8 for adults, $5 for ages 6-17 and seniors, free for ages 5 and younger.