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CLEARWATER — This year’s Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival, from April 12-28, will include two new competitions, festival sponsors said.

The first is the addition of a Pro-Am Sand Sculpting Tournament set for Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It combines teams of professional and skilled sculptors competing for best design and execution. Festival planners have also added a Family Sand Sculpting Tournament for the next day, Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m. Viewing is free.

Another change: Due to the overwhelming success and popularity of the Sugar Sand Festival, the event will now stretch across 17 days instead of 10 to give people more time to visit and allow those visiting for the Easter holiday to see this unique and affordable event.

Festival organizers have added nine nights of free concerts on the beach, too.

The theme for the 2019 Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival, presented by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, is “Sea the World, A Journey around the Globe.” Clearwater Beach’s famous sugar sand will be transformed into immaculate sculptures of renowned destinations and prominent landmarks from around the world.

Last year’s event drew more than 120,000 visitors throughout its 10-day run. The festival has also received numerous awards and continues to attract visitors from around the world.

The Sand Walk Exhibit and Baystar VIP Lounge are available online now at SugarSandFestival.com. Purchasing tickets online allows you to skip the line when visiting the exhibit. General admission to the sculpture exhibit will be $10 for adults, $8 for children age 4-10 years old and free for children under 3 years of age. Tickets also will be $8 for those age 60 and older, military personnel, police officers, firefighters and teachers. These discounted tickets will only be available at the gate with proper identification.

Keep your eyes on the Clearwater Beacon for full coverage and photos of the competition and events.