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Sarasota News Leader November 16, 2012 Twelve pairs are competing, from as far away as Singapore. Our own local master sculptor, Brian Wigelsworth, is working with partner Andy Daily to add some fun, non-competitive art for holiday photos. Brian is the one who had the imagination and foresight to put this whole event together. DAY ONE It is Thursday afternoon, Nov. 8, Day One of the Classic. I have ambled over to the beach to get in the mood for a fun-filled long week- end of sand sculpting. The sun could not be brighter, without a cloud nearby. Vendors are setting up their wares and selling a few items to the attendees. The first day is very important to the sculptors but doesn't of- fer too much to the visitors. It is a day of orga- Page 76 nizing and planning for the artists — building up their wooden "walls," or platforms, shovel- ing the sand into those protective barriers and thinking about creating their masterworks. I can't wait for Friday. DAY TWO It is Friday morning, the beginning of another beautiful day at the beach — an easy 11 out of 10. The artists have gathered at their spots and begun to put their thoughts into form. The vendors are also thrilled to have such won- derful weather. Everything from MoJo Jerky and pizza, to beer and wine, to jewelry and car washes, to my favorite kettle corn, is avail- able. A huge sand sculpture has been created to recognize the many generous sponsors of the Fossil Fuel picked up the first-place trophy this year. Photo by Peter Acker/courtesy the Crystal Classic

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