Sanding Ovations Presents "Once Upon A Time"

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Sanding Ovations 2021 aerial photoOnce upon a time, once a year, on the shores of a beautiful, pristine beach on the Gulf of Mexico, the sand comes to life and creates a world of fantasy and fun. This phenomenon is known as Sanding Ovations which will have an encore weekend on Treasure Island this weekend, Nov. 26-27.  Presented by Visit St. Pete Clearwater and the City of Treasure Island, this year’s theme will be “Once Upon a Time” and will feature exquisite sand sculptures that will transform you into a land of storybook fantasies.

The masterful exhibition of sand sculpting talent at a world-class level is a big appeal, supplemented by the sponsor sculptures created by Treasure Island’s own Meredith and Dan Doubleday of Sanding Ovations professional sand sculptors.  This year’s “Once Upon a Time” wonderland will be created through the imaginations of sculptors Sue McGrew, Deborah Barrett-Cutulle, Benoit Dutherage, Abe Waterman, Damon Meri, Melineige Beauregard, Fergus Mulvany, Dan, and Meredith Doubleday and Bruce Phillips.

Encore Weekend Music Lineup:

Saturday, Nov. 26:
10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | DJ Dave 
2-3:30 p.m. | Chris Manings
4-5:30 p.m. | Nathan Allen 
6-7:30 p.m. | Cornfused 
8-9:30 p.m. | Mad Beach Band 

Sunday, Nov. 27:
Noon-1:30 p.m. | Josh Fielding 
2-3:30 p.m. | Dead Set 
4-6 p.m. | DJ Johnny G

Sanding Ovations presents “Once Upon a Time,” a Sand Sculpting Exhibition and Competition” is free and open to the public. Come see what happens when master sculptors use their imaginations and turn piles of sand and buckets of water into “outSANDing” works of art.  For sand sculptor bios and other information, visit or call Treasure Island’s Parks & Recreation Department at 727-547-4575 ext. 221 or 237.

History of Sanding Ovations
Florida was also home to the world’s largest sandcastle in 1985. Florida Governor Jeb Bush proclaimed Treasure Island as the Sand Sculpture Capital of Florida in 2001. This is what helped lead to the creation of Sanding Ovations, an annual sand sculpting exhibition and competition. Master sand sculptors from around the world come to Treasure Island to create sand masterpieces for everyone to enjoy.