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The New Smyrna Beach Sand Art Festival will be June 14 at the Flagler Avenue Beach Approach.
The festival features an Under the Sea theme, with amateur competitors creating their own sand sculptures in 10 feet by 10 feet plots of cordoned beach.
The contest allows friends and family to compete in a friendly environment using everyone's favorite building material -- sand. Prizes will be awarded for individual child, young adult, adult and team categories, judged by both professionals and local celebrity judges.
Sand art professionals also will create sculptures for public viewing. Internationally known master sand artist Rich Varano will be on hand to give advice and create the festival's centerpiece sculpture.
Attendees not competing in the contest can admire the works of art and even vote for their favorite. There is a "People's Choice Award" for the public to pick the most popular sculpture on the beach. Each person will have one vote and can cast a ballot at the event booth from 11a.m. until 2 p.m. The winner will be announced around 2:30 p.m. along with the rest of the categories.
Parking is plentiful in the area and the festival is free.
Event organizers anticipate spaces for the contest to fill up quickly so early registration is highly recommended - go to beachweeks.com.
The New Smyrna Beach Sand Art Festival is part of Spring Beach Weeks in the New Smyrna Beach area -- 40 days of festivals in eight weeks through July 5.
For more, call the New Smyrna Beach Area Visitors Center at (800) 541-9621.