America Recycles Day at SandBlast 2018

Calling all sculptors: Keep Manatee Beautiful wants you for this year's America Recycles Day at SandBlast. 

November 3, 2018

America Recycles Day at SandBlast 2018 is an amateur sand sculpture competition that raises funds for Keep Manatee Beautiful to promote community awareness and involvement in litter prevention, recycling and beautification throughout Manatee County.  This year’s Event Sponsor is the Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.  The Anna Maria Island Beach Café is the Event Host at its beachfront on Manatee Public Beach.  
 
To coincide with America Recycles Day (nationally recognized on Nov. 15), literature promoting recycling will be made available for the public, as well as booths offering information and games for kids all emphasizing the importance of the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle).
 
The sand sculpture themes are free-form and wildlife. The two divisions are Elementary-Middle School and High School-Adult.  
 
In addition to the competition, spectators can also view an 80-ton exhibit sculpture created by Team Sandtastic, who has won many contests and awards around the globe (www.teamsandtastic.com).  Team Sandtastic, a Sarasota-based business that specializes in turning sand, and sometimes snow, into masterpieces, keeps busy creating “absolutely, positively anything.”  
 
There also will be free sand-sculpting clinics where attendees can learn tricks of the trade from master sculptors Team Sandtastic at sunset Nov. 1-2.
 
“There's an element of surprise in the sand-sculpting event because teams don't reveal what they're working on their 15-by-15 foot plots.  Sometimes the teams change their actual sculpture idea while sculpting, because it didn't quite work or they need to make changes in the design for the sculpture to stay in place," Ingrid McClellan said.
 
Registration deadline is Oct. 31.  The SandBlast entry fee is $300 for up to 15 members per team. (For all-kid teams sponsors are available.)  Competitors must bring spades, shovels, buckets and trowels to create their structures.  No experience necessary.  It’s just for fun with lots of awards!
 
Check-in for the contest begins at 8 a.m. Nov. 3 and sculpting will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be followed by an hour of judging and awards at 2 p.m.  The sand sculptures will stay in place for the public viewing until Nov. 30, or the first major rain that destroys their appearance.
 
To enter a team or sponsor one of the teams registered thus far or the awards with a $300 tax-deductible donation, call Keep Manatee Beautiful at 795-8272 or visit www.manateebeautiful.com for America Recycles Day at SandBlast details and entry form.  There are only 30 sand sculpture plots, so register early!