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Sand Sculpting contest on Marco

A sizeable crowd enjoyed the day's proceedings.


A sizeable crowd enjoyed the day's proceedings.

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  • Onlookers admire the winning sand sculpture, Sandy Mountain Cabin, created by Mary Madsen, right. The event was staged Sunday on the beach in front of the Marco Island Marriott Resort.
  • Young competitor Max Lyman, 7, glances at his family while putting the finishing touches to a sand volcano. He was helped by brothers Jack, 6, and Sam, 9.
  • This sand sculpture reflects the link between Marco Island and the 10,000 Islands of which it speaks.
  • Entrant Joe Ferraro, an aircraft restorer, puts the finishing touches to his entry as time runs out.
  •  Members of the winning Madsen family, Mary, dad Brian and young Frederick, celebrate after their Sandy Mountain Cabin creation was named best sculpture.
  • With professional sculptor John Gowdy's finely detailed creation in the foreground, the judges huddle as they whittle down the amateur creations to find a winner.
  • A delighted Mary Madsen of Utah and her dad Brian step forward after being named winners of a sand sculpting competition held Sunday on the beach in front of the Marco Island Marriott Resort. Their entry, Sandy Mountain Cabin, beat out 19 other entries in the contest, which was organized by the Marriott Resort in conjunction with world-renowned sand sculptor John Gowdy.
  • Professional sand sculptor John Gowdy's example of what can be done in four hours impressed onlookers.
  • Island architect, personality and chief judge Herb Savage goes about the business at hand.
  • One of the judges calculates who'll come out on top.
  • A sizeable crowd enjoyed the day's proceedings.
  • Max Lyman creates a moat around the volcano sculpture he created along with brothers Jack and Sam.
  • Matthew and Taylor Zaengle are seen with their original sculpture, a rendition of Wrigley Field complete with seaweed for ivy on the walls.
  • Tools of the (sand sculpting) trade.
  • A toothy sea turtle draws a chuckle from one of the judges.

A sand sculpting competition was held Sunday, December 23, on the beach in front of the Marco Island Marriott Resort.

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