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Walk a wonderland of sculptures at Sugar Sand Festival

The 10-day Sugar Sand Festival makes the most of one of our hottest commodities: lovely white sand. Nearly 1,000 tons of the stuff will be transformed into iconic movie characters and scenes for a walk-through display under a 15,000-square-foot tent at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach. A variety of sculptors will be there, from as close as Sarasota, Clearwater and Gulfport, but also from St. Louis and England. They'll use everything from shovels to cake decorator spatulas and dental instruments for intricate areas. The fest also includes a professional sand sculpting competition, workshops, speed sand demonstrations, a children's sand box, extended hours for Sunsets at Pier 60, the Sand Bar, live entertainment and a beach egg hunt. There also will be movie screenings, including Little Mermaid on Friday, Fast and Furious 6 on Saturday and Dolphin Tale on Sunday. The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through April 13. Admission: $8, $5 seniors/military, $4 ages 6-17, 5 and younger free. Go to for schedule. (727) 449-­1036.

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