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Fort Myers Beach Sand Bash 2011

'It looks like Harry Potter,' said Ty Melillo. Crowds mobbed the broad sandy beach behind the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach this weekend for the Sand Bash. Eighteen master sand castle sculptors from around the country and beyond vied to top each other with flights of fancy made entirely of sand. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News

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"It looks like Harry Potter," said Ty Melillo. Crowds mobbed the broad sandy beach behind the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach this weekend for the Sand Bash. Eighteen master sand castle sculptors from around the country and beyond vied to top each other with flights of fancy made entirely of sand. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News

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  • Bill Dow touches up 'Kindlegarten.' Crowds mobbed the broad sandy beach behind the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach this weekend for the Sand Bash. Eighteen master sand castle sculptors from around the country and beyond vied to top each other with flights of fancy made entirely of sand. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • 'I'll Huff and I'll Puff' is nearly completed. Crowds mobbed the broad sandy beach behind the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach this weekend for the Sand Bash. Eighteen master sand castle sculptors from around the country and beyond vied to top each other with flights of fancy made entirely of sand. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • 'It looks like Harry Potter,' said Ty Melillo. Crowds mobbed the broad sandy beach behind the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach this weekend for the Sand Bash. Eighteen master sand castle sculptors from around the country and beyond vied to top each other with flights of fancy made entirely of sand. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Sandis Kondrats, Master Sand Sculptor, Latvia, sprays water on a sculpture called, 'S'HANDS of Time,' at the Sand Bash Master Sand Sculpting Competition and Festival on Friday April 1, 2011 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. The festival continues through Sunday with live music, food, fun, and sculpting events. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • Scenes from the Sand Bash Master Sand Sculpting Competition and Festival on Friday April 1, 2011 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. The festival continues through Sunday with live music, food, fun, and sculpting events. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • Andy Hancock, Master Sculptor, South Padre Island, TX, demonstrates sand sculpting at the Sand Bash Master Sand Sculpting Competition and Festival on Friday April 1, 2011 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. The festival continues through Sunday with live music, food, fun, and sculpting events. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • Sean Fitzpatrick, Master Sand Sculptor, Boston, MA, carves sand away to create sculpture called, 'Eternal Struggle for Love,' at the Sand Bash Master Sand Sculpting Competition and Festival on Friday April 1, 2011 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • 'Amazin'' Walter McDonald, Master Sand Sculptor, South Padre Island, TX, creates a series of castles at the Sand Bash Master Sand Sculpting Competition and Festival on Friday April 1, 2011 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. The festival continues through Sunday with live music, food, fun, and sculpting events. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • Joyce Fenimore, Punta Gorda, Fla., left, and Kayla Collard, 10, Lowell, IN, right, watch as sculptors create a sculpture called, 'I'll huff and I'll puff,' at the Sand Bash Master Sand Sculpting Competition and Festival on Friday April 1, 2011 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • Scenes from the Sand Bash Master Sand Sculpting Competition and Festival on Friday April 1, 2011 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. The festival continues through Sunday with live music, food, fun, and sculpting events. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • Spectators watch the 'Quick Sand' Speed Sculpting competition on Friday April 1, 2011 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., where a sculptor has to create a work-of-art from a pile of sand in 10 minutes. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • Scenes from the Sand Bash Master Sand Sculpting Competition and Festival on Friday April 1, 2011 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. The festival continues through Sunday with live music, food, fun, and sculpting events. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • Crowds mobbed the broad sandy beach behind the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach this weekend for the Sand Bash. Kristina Cedrati came by boat with her family. Eighteen master sand castle sculptors from around the country and beyond vied to top each other with flights of fancy made entirely of sand. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Crowds mobbed the broad sandy beach behind the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach this weekend for the Sand Bash. Eighteen master sand castle sculptors from around the country and beyond vied to top each other with flights of fancy made entirely of sand. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Crowds mobbed the broad sandy beach behind the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach this weekend for the Sand Bash. Eighteen master sand castle sculptors from around the country and beyond vied to top each other with flights of fancy made entirely of sand, while the younger generation frolicked in the Kids' Zone. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Andy Hancock, Master Sculptor, South Padre Island, TX, demonstrates sand sculpting at the Sand Bash Master Sand Sculpting Competition and Festival on Friday April 1, 2011 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. The festival continues through Sunday with live music, food, fun, and sculpting events. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • William Rogers, NC, watches the sand sculpting demonstrations provided by Sand Lubbers at the Sand Bash Master Sand Sculpting Competition and Festival on Friday April 1, 2011 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. The festival continues through Sunday with live music, food, fun, and sculpting events. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • Bill Draxler with baby son, Nolan Draxler, 7 mos., watch the Sand Bash Master Sand Sculpting Competition and Festival on Friday April 1, 2011 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. The festival continues through Sunday with live music, food, fun, and sculpting events. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • Joris Kivits, Netherlands, left, and Fred Mallet, Texas, right, sculpt in the  'Quick Sand' Speed Sculpting competition on Friday April 1, 2011 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. The sculptors had to create a work-of-art from a pile of sand in 10 minutes and then the spectators voted. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • Sophia King, 8, Geneva, IL, makes her own fun at the Sand Bash Master Sand Sculpting Competition and Festival on Friday April 1, 2011 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • Christy McDonald, South Padre Island, TX, dances away to 'feeling hot, hot, hot,' live music being performed at the Sand Bash Master Sand Sculpting Competition and Festival on Friday April 1, 2011 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • Greg Grady, left, and Steve Topazio, right, create a sculpture called, 'I'll huff and I'll puff,' at the Sand Bash Master Sand Sculpting Competition and Festival on Friday April 1, 2011 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • Scenes from the Sand Bash Master Sand Sculpting Competition and Festival on Friday April 1, 2011 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. The festival continues through Sunday with live music, food, fun, and sculpting events. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • Tools use to create sand sculptors at the Sand Bash Master Sand Sculpting Competition and Festival on Friday April 1, 2011 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. The festival continues through Sunday with live music, food, fun, and sculpting events. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • The Landsharks entertain. Crowds mobbed the broad sandy beach behind the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach this weekend for the Sand Bash. Eighteen master sand castle sculptors from around the country and beyond vied to top each other with flights of fancy made entirely of sand. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • It only looks toxic - the kettle korn was quite tasty. Crowds mobbed the broad sandy beach behind the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach this weekend for the Sand Bash. Eighteen master sand castle sculptors from around the country and beyond vied to top each other with flights of fancy made entirely of sand. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Casey Jordan and Zack Davis toss a football by the water's edge. Crowds mobbed the broad sandy beach behind the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach this weekend for the Sand Bash. Eighteen master sand castle sculptors from around the country and beyond vied to top each other with flights of fancy made entirely of sand. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Crowds mobbed the broad sandy beach behind the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach this weekend for the Sand Bash. Eighteen master sand castle sculptors from around the country and beyond vied to top each other with flights of fancy made entirely of sand. The amateurs had their chance, too. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Crowds mobbed the broad sandy beach behind the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach this weekend for the Sand Bash. Eighteen master sand castle sculptors from around the country and beyond vied to top each other with flights of fancy made entirely of sand. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • The sun sets over Sanibel. Crowds mobbed the broad sandy beach behind the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach this weekend for the Sand Bash. Eighteen master sand castle sculptors from around the country and beyond vied to top each other with flights of fancy made entirely of sand. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • The sun sets over Sanibel. Crowds mobbed the broad sandy beach behind the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach this weekend for the Sand Bash. Eighteen master sand castle sculptors from around the country and beyond vied to top each other with flights of fancy made entirely of sand. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Stan and Roberta Ross pose in front of an enormous pair of sand hands. Crowds mobbed the broad sandy beach behind the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach this weekend for the Sand Bash. Eighteen master sand castle sculptors from around the country and beyond vied to top each other with flights of fancy made entirely of sand. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Aspen Harrelson of Fort Myers tries to keep her footing. Crowds mobbed the broad sandy beach behind the Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach this weekend for the Sand Bash. Eighteen master sand castle sculptors from around the country and beyond vied to top each other with flights of fancy made entirely of sand. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News

Today through Sunday, master sand sculptors from around the world will compete among the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m at the inaugural Sand Bash Festival located behind the Holiday Inn on the south end of Fort Myers Beach. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 17 and seniors over 55. Those younger than 5 are free.

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