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Crystal Classic returns to Siesta Key Beach

Last year's sand-sculpting event was canceled because of COVID-19.

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  • | 2:03 p.m. July 2, 2021
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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