In November, sand sculptors will once again roam the sandy shore of Siesta Key Beach.
After COVID-19 caused a cancelation of last year's Crystal Classic, the event will return Nov. 12-15 for the 11th time.
This year's event will feature 24 master sand sculptors competing for first place. The event, which costs nearly $300,000 to put on, annually draws thousands of visitors to the key.
In 2019, the Crystal Classic generated about 16,000 hotel room nights and more than $9 million in economic impact, tourism officials reported. The festival saw 40,000 attendees throughout the four days.
Sculptors will have 24 hours over four days to transform Siesta's sand into a fantastical sculpture. Live music, shopping, food and sand-sculpting lessons also will be featured throughout the weekend.
Tickets and parking passes are now on sale. For information and the event schedule, visit the event website.