Published on June 17th, 2013 | by NSB Observer0
Beach Weeks Proves to Boost Tourism
Beach Weeks and Southern Stone Events hosted their inaugural Sand Art Festival on Saturday, June 15 in front of the Flagler Avenue Boardwalk.
The community was encouraged to create a team or compete individually and enter the contest free of charge. All competitors created their own sand sculptures in 10′ X 10′ plots of cordoned beach.
Sculptors began digging into the sand at 9 a.m. and judging began after 2 p.m. World Champion Sand Sculptor Rich Varano was present to judge the competitors, along with Southern Stone Events coordinator Frank Demarchi and 103.3 WVYB Radio Host DJ Andre.
Sand art professionals were also present and featured magnificent sculptures, showing off one of our area’s most valued natural resources.
There were 12 winners total in Team, Adult, Young Adult, and Child categories and are listed below:
1st – Beach Comber, New Smyrna Beach, FL
2nd – Tie – Rodriguez, New Smyrna Beach, FL
2nd – Tie – Mcall, Mims, FL
1st – Chip P, Orlando, FL
2nd – Emma H, New Smyrna Beach, FL
3rd – Luv Kitties, Daytona Beach, FL
Young Adult Category
1st – K&A, New Smyrna Beach, FL
2nd – Soggy Bottom Boys, Bardstown, KY
3rd – Go Bro, Deltona, FL
1st – Aircraft, New Smyrna Beach, FL
2nd – Liller Brothers, New Smyrna Beach, FL
3rd – Team Octo – New Smyrna Beach, FL
Winners were awarded a total of $1000 in prizes including gift cards from local restaurants, tickets to Daytona Lagoon Water Park, and movie passes.
Southern Stone Events conducted several surveys of participants and spectators and Frank Demarchi says that they are very happy with the response and that they plan on holding the event again next year. Participants traveled from all over Florida and even Georgia for the event and several of the surrounding hotels were sold out.
Southern Stone Events is also responsible for holding the Kite Festival and Beach Bootcamp.
Photos by Jamie Ferrell