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Sand Sculpting Festival in full swing on Fort Myers Beach

Bill Knight, left, of South Fort Myers shares sand sculpting tips at the 24th American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival at the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach. Until Monday, Nov. 15th families may enjoy the Sculpting Galleries, Sculpting Tips and Hands On Lessons.

Bill Knight, left, of South Fort Myers shares sand sculpting tips at the 24th American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival at the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach. Until Monday, Nov. 15th families may enjoy the Sculpting Galleries, Sculpting Tips and Hands On Lessons.

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  • Sandis Kondrats of Latvia, European Union, makes his first appearance at the 24th American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival at the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach. He said, 'he likes big sculptures and feels such freedoms with sand.'  At 9 years old he began sculpting and now specializes in Sand and Ice. Until Monday, Nov. 15th families may enjoy the Sculpting Galleries, Sculpting Tips and Hands On Lessons.
  • Bill Knight, left, of South Fort Myers shares sand sculpting tips at the 24th American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival at the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach. Until Monday, Nov. 15th families may enjoy the Sculpting Galleries, Sculpting Tips and Hands On Lessons.
  • Fred Mallet, a sand sculptor prepares for carving in the 24th American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival at the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach. Until Monday, Nov. 15th families may enjoy the Sculpting Galleries, Sculpting Tips and Hands On Lessons.
  • Michel Lepire of Quebec, Canada digs his hands into the sand at the 24th American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival at the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach. He is a sculptor of sand and ice as well as a sculptor of fruit, vegetables, and butter for the culinary world.
  • Kirk Rademaker of Santa Cruz, CA carves out the details of his sand sculpture at the 24th American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival at the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach. He placed 2nd in the 2010 World championship with 'Team USA.'  Until Monday, Nov. 15th families may enjoy the Sculpting Galleries, Sculpting Tips and Hands On Lessons.
  • 'Amazin' Walter McDonald, 69, of South Padre Island, TX, created a series of castles at the 24th American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival at the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach. Until Monday, Nov. 15th families may enjoy the Sculpting Galleries, Sculpting Tips and Hands On Lessons. He has been creating sand sculptures for so long he's lost count of the awards he's accumulated. He has appeared at nearly every major sand competition and is a frequent winner of People's Choice awards.
  • Rusty Croft of Carmel, CA rubs on lots of sunscreen for his multi hour exposure in the South Florida sun at the 24th American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival at the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach. The event concludes Monday, Nov. 15th and offers family events that include viewing Sculpting Galleries, Sculpting Tips and Hands On Lessons.
  • Rusty Croft of Carmel, CA sprays down his sculpture titled, 'Entertwining Lovers,' while explaining the importance of water to a group of attendees at the 24th American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival at the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach. Until Monday, Nov. 15th families may enjoy the Sculpting Galleries, Sculpting Tips and Hands On Lessons. He began sculpting in 1997 and has enjoyed  international acclaim from China to Costa Rica to Germany and Japan.
  • 'Amazin' Walter McDonald, 69, of South Padre Island, TX, carves a series of castles at the 24th American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival at the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach. Until Monday, Nov. 15th families may enjoy the Sculpting Galleries, Sculpting Tips and Hands On Lessons. He has been creating sand sculptures for so long he's lost count of the awards he's accumulated. He has appeared at nearly every major sand competition and is a frequent winner of People's Choice awards.
  • Michel Lepire of Quebec, Canada at the 24th American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival at the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach. He is a sculptor of sand and ice as well as a sculptor of fruit, vegetables, and butter for the culinary world.
  • Beverly Burnham of Naples, FL  reads the biographies of the competing sculpters. Attendees place a quarter in the bucket below the bio to make their vote on which sculpter wins the People's Choice award at the 24th American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival at the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach. Until Monday, Nov. 15th families may enjoy the Sculpting Galleries, Sculpting Tips and Hands On Lessons.
  • Beverly Burnham of Naples, FL  reads the biographies of the competing sculpters. Attendees place a quarter in the bucket below the bio to make their vote on which sculpter wins the People's Choice award at the 24th American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival at the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach. Until Monday, Nov. 15th families may enjoy the Sculpting Galleries, Sculpting Tips and Hands On Lessons.
  • Fred Mallet, a sand sculptor prepares for carving in the 24th American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival at the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach. Until Monday, Nov. 15th families may enjoy the Sculpting Galleries, Sculpting Tips and Hands On Lessons.
  • Lucinda 'Sandy Feet' Wierenga of South Padre Island, TX competes in the 24th American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival at the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach. The event concludes Monday, Nov. 15th and offers family events that include viewing Sculpting Galleries, Sculpting Tips and Hands On Lessons.
  • Bill Knight, left, of South Fort Myers shares sand sculpting tips at the 24th American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival at the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach. Until Monday, Nov. 15th families may also enjoy the Sculpting Galleries, Sculpting Tips and Hands On Lessons.
  • Shoe with Palms sculpture is the creation of Lucinda 'Sandy Feet' Wierenga of South Padre Island, TX at the 24th American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival at the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach. The event concludes Monday, Nov. 15th and offers family events that include viewing Sculpting Galleries, Sculpting Tips and Hands On Lessons.
  • Michel Lepire of Quebec, Canada digs his hands into the sand at the 24th American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival at the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach. He is a sculptor of sand and ice as well as a sculptor of fruit, vegetables, and butter for the culinary world.

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