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Ten-Day Festival Celebrates Clearwater's Sugar Sand Beaches

3/27/2013 9:53:09 AM

Contact: Joelle Castelli, (727) 224-7034

Joelle Castelli

Joelle.castelli@myclearwater.com

Cell: 727-224-7034

For more information, visit: SugarSandFestival.com

Ten-Day Festival Celebrating Clearwater’s Sugar Sand Beaches

(March 27, 2013—Clearwater, Fla.)The City of Clearwater’s Fun ‘n Sun Festival and Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival have joined together to showcase Clearwater’s award-winning beaches during ten sugar sand days and sunset nights with the debut of Frenchy’s Sugar Sand Festival from April 19-28, 2013.

Located just south of Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach, one thousand tons of Clearwater Beach’s world famous sugar sands will be creatively carved into the Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit, an artistic walk-through display in a 12,000-square-foot tent. Cost of admission is $7 for Adults, $5 for Students 13 to 18 years old, and $5 for Seniors (55 & up) and Military. Children 12 & under are free.

In addition, Frenchy’s Sugar Sand Festival will offer a variety of free activities on Clearwater Beach for all ten sand-filled days including:

• Frenchy’s Master Sand Sculpting Competition-featuring six master sculptors competing for a $5,000 grand prize on the final weekend

• Sugar Sand & Sunsets Sculpting Clinics-which allow visitors a chance to create their own sand masterpieces. Workshops will be held beachside both weekends and carving tools will be supplied.

• Speed Sand Demonstrations-will provide a fast-paced, interactive sand sculpting experience. Guests will be asked to write down unique and unusual ideas for sculptures that will be created on the spot. Suggestions will be chosen randomly and then the artists will have ten minutes to complete the challenge. Audience applause determines the winner of each round and the best out of three will be crowned champion.

• Camp Hyatt Sandbox-a children’s play area on the beach complete with sand toys and your child’s imagination.

• CCM Photo Opportunity-Step inside a custom designed sculpture and get a poster or event keepsake photo book.

• Sandcastle’s In the Sun Tour-by Ocean Potion with guest appearance by Kirk Rademaker from the Travel Channel’s Sand Masters.

• Clearwater Marine Aquarium Night at Sunset Cinema-red carpet meet & greet with Winter Mascot & Dolphin Tale movie.

• Sugar Sand Circus-stunning aerial silk acrobatics, trapeze, and death-defying rope walking, family-friendly variety show.

• Sunsets at Pier 60-artisans, street performers and live entertainment.

• “Sugar Sand Moments” are event-themed retail, beauty, food and beverage discounts celebrated locally during the festival.

• Bright House Networks Sand Blast Fireworks will light up the night sky over Pier 60 on April 27.

The ten-day festival will celebrate all that is spectacular about Clearwater Beach and why the readers of USA Today named Clearwater the Best Beach Town in Florida. The Fun ‘n Sun Festival will be marking its 60th Anniversary and Florida is turning 500 years old.

Team Sandtastic Background

Mark Mason’s passion for sand sculpture began more than 24 years ago when he competed in the Sand-Blast competition in his home town of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Sand and snow sculpting has been Mark’s full time job for the past 16 years and has taken him and his team around the world, including the Caribbean, Hawaii, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, the Middle East and throughout the United States. His projects and creations have drawn extensive media coverage and interest from the public. In his extensive career, Mark has worked for shopping centers, conventions, fairs, festivals, and theme parks. With countless sculptures behind him, some extraordinary ones stand out, like the sand castle platform created for a couple’s wedding, accommodating all 200 guests within its walls.

About Frenchy’s Restaurants

A local favorite since 1981, Frenchy’s is famous for its fresh-from-the-gulf seafood and casual beach atmosphere. With four unique locations on Clearwater Beach, Frenchy’s serves up fresh grouper, snapper and other fish, as well as stone crab all caught from its own fleet of boats. Frenchy’s offers something for everyone: quaint, casual dining at Frenchy’s Original Café; family and boater-friendly atmosphere at Frenchy’s Saltwater Café; beachfront sunset views and daily live music at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill; and open air bistro-style dining on scenic Beach Walk at Frenchy’s South Beach Café.

About Sunsets at Pier 60

The Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival is a nightly sunset celebration that takes place in Pier 60 Park on Clearwater Beach. This free family event features artisans, crafters, street performers and musical entertainment, year round, weather permitting. On Friday & Saturday evenings, free family-friendly movie is shown under the stars at the Sunset Cinema.

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Frenchy’s Sugar Sand Festival Daily Event Schedule

Friday, April 19th

• Grand Opening! Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit, noon – 10 pm

• Camp Hyatt Sand Box, 10 am – 9 pm

• Clearwater Marine Aquarium Night at Sunset Cinema, Red Carpet Meet N’ Greet with Winter Mascot, the star of Dolphin Tale, 7 – 8 pm

• Dolphin Tale, Sunset Cinema @ Pier 60, free at dusk

• Sugar Sand Sculpting Clinics, 7 pm

• Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival, 10 am – 10 pm

Saturday, April 20th

• Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit, 10 am – 10 pm

• Camp Hyatt Sand Box, 10 am – 9 pm

• Sugar Sand Sculpting Clinics, 11 am

• Sugar Sand Circus in the Park, 1 pm, 4 pm, & 7 pm

• Speed Sand Demonstrations, Pier 60 Pavilion 4 pm

• Sugar Sand Sculpting Clinics, 7 pm

• Sunset Cinema at Pier 60- Free movie TBA

• Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival, 10 am – 10 pm

Sunday, April 21st

• Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit, 10 am – 10 pm

• Camp Hyatt Sand Box, 10 am – 9 pm

• Sugar Sand Sculpting Clinic, 11 am

• Sugar Sand Circus in the Park, 1 pm, 4 pm, & 7 pm

• Speed Sand Demonstration, Pier 60 Pavilion, 4 pm

• Sunset Cinema at Pier 60, Free movie TBA

• Sugar Sand Sculpting Clinic, 7 pm

• Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival, 10 am – 10 pm

Monday, April 22nd

• Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit, 10 am – 10 pm

• Camp Hyatt Sand Box, 10 am – 9 pm

• Sugar Sand Circus in the Park, 4 pm, 6 pm, & 8 pm

• Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival, 6 pm – 10 pm

Tuesday, April 23rd

• Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit, 10 am – 10 pm

• Camp Hyatt Sand Box, 10 am – 9 pm

• Sugar Sand Circus in the Park, 4 pm, 6 pm, & 8 pm

• Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival, 6 pm – 10pm

Wednesday, April 24th

• Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit, 10 am – 10 pm

• Camp Hyatt Sand Box, 10 am – 9 pm

• Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival, 6 pm – 10 pm

Thursday, April 25th

• Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit, 10 am – 10 pm

• Camp Hyatt Sand Box, 10 am – 9 pm

• Frenchy’s Master Sand Sculpting Competition Day 1/ 8 am – noon & 1 – 5 pm

• Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival, 6 pm – 10 pm

Friday, April 26th

• Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit, 10 am – 10 pm

• Camp Hyatt Sand Box, 10 am – 9 pm

• Frenchy’s Master Sand Sculpting Competition Day 2/ 8 am – noon & 1 – 5 pm

• Clearwater Marine Aquarium Night at Sunset Cinema, Red Carpet Meet N’ Greet with Winter Mascot, the star of Dolphin Tale, 7 – 8 pm

• Dolphin Tale, Sunset Cinema @ Pier 60, free at dusk

• Sugar Sand Sculpting Clinics, 7 pm

• Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival, 10 am – 10 pm

Saturday, April 27th

• Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit, 10 am – 10 pm

• Camp Hyatt Sand Box, 10 am – 9 pm

• Ocean Potion “Sandcastle’s In the Sun” tour, featuring Kirk Rademaker from the Travel Channel’s Sand Master’s, 10 am – Sunset

• Frenchy’s Master Sand Sculpting Competition Day 3/ 8 am – noon, Winner announced 12:30 pm

• Sugar Sand Sculpting Clinics, 2 pm

• Speed Sand Demonstrations, Pier 60 Pavilion, 4 pm

• Sugar Sand Sculpting Clinics, 7 pm

• Sunset Cinema at Pier 60, Free movie TBA

• Bright House Networks Sand Blast Fireworks! 9 pm

• Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival, 10 am – 10 pm

Sunday, April 28th

• Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit, 10 am – 10 pm

• Camp Hyatt Sand Box, 10 am – 9 pm

• Frenchy’s Master Sand Sculptures on display, 10 am – 10 pm

• Sugar Sand Sculpting Clinics, 11 am

• Speed Sand Demonstrations, Pier 60 Pavilion, 4 pm

• Sugar Sand Sculpting Clinics, 7 pm

• Sunset Cinema at Pier 60, Free movie TBA

• Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival, 10 am – 10 pm

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