Fiesta Sand Sculpture Contest

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Please check back for more information about the 2014 Fiesta Sand Sculpture Contest, to be held on Sunday, May 18.

The Fiesta Sand Sculpture Contest will take place on Pensacola Beach behind the Gulfside Pavilion (3 Casino Beach Blvd.) on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and judging at 2 p.m. The competition is free and more than $1,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. The public is invited to vote for their favorite sculptures in the “People’s Choice Awards.”

2 p.m.          Judging begins                                                     

3 p.m.         Announcements and introduction of judges

                     Awards for Youth  1st place $75 cash, 2nd place $50 cash, & 3rd place $25 cash

        Awards for Teen   1st place $100 cash, 2nd place $50 cash, & 3rd place $25 cash

        Awards for Adult  1st  place 2- Night stay in Pensacola Beach Hotel + $100 cash, 2nd place $75 cash, & 3rd place $50 cash        


Each winner will also receive monogramed towel, koozies in a bucket!

Stars of Travel Channel’s ‘Sand Masters’ Coming to Fiesta Sand Sculpture Contest                                                                                                                     

Pensacola, Fla. (May 13, 2013) Two members of the Travel Channel show “Sand Masters” will be visiting Pensacola Beach for the Fiesta Sand Sculpture Contest on Sunday, May 19. Professional sand sculptors and best friends Rusty Croft and Kirk Rademaker will be doing a demonstration on Sunday of Fiesta Family Weekend, a weekend of free events for the community. Croft and Rademaker will also be providing lessons to contest participants throughout the day.

“I have been to the Panhandle a couple times now sculpting sand just up the road from Pensacola (Beach) at Navarre Beach,” said Croft.  “These are some of my favorite beaches in the world. What could be better than clear water and white sand?  The locals are always welcoming and lots of fun.” Croft explains that he feels blessed to have widespread recognition of something he loves to do. “It’s a dream come true; it really is. I'm continually inspired by my peers and always striving to get better and better every year,” he said.

Rademaker, too, feels lucky to be known for his sand sculpting talent. He’s excited about the interaction he’ll have with the public on May 19. “Sand sculptures at the beach are a catalyst for positive human interaction,” he said. “All generations and cultures, even teenagers.” When asked if he had a plan for what the duo was going to construct at the contest, he insinuated that he would be inspired by his surroundings. “You never see a kid on a sand pile with a set of plans,” he said.

For more information about the Fiesta Family Weekend and other Fiesta events, contact the Fiesta office at (850) 433-6512, or visit us at

"Sand Masters” is a reality show on Travel Channel that follows a six-member team of sand sculptors around the globe that design and build elaborate sand masterpieces. For more information about the show, visit


Guppy:        Ages 2 to 4    (no set time and prizes for all!)

Youth:         Ages 5 to 12                
Adult assistance is limited to the verbal, 1-3 persons maximum.

Teen:           Ages 13 to 17               
Adult assistance is limited to the verbal, 1-3 persons maximum.

Adult:          Ages 18 and up              
1-3 persons maximum (recommended for recreational contestants)

Start time is 8 a.m.   Stop time is 2 p.m.

Total:   6 work hours.