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Clearwater’s Sugar Sand Festival is celebrating its fifth annual exhibition.
This year the festival included new entertainment, several nights of fireworks, concerts, and movies, as well as private DJs and the Shepherds VIP Lounge Experience.
If you are a sand fan you can enjoy the Master Sand Sculpting Competition which takes place inside the 21,000 square foot tent. Seven master sculptors will create their own artistic piece in addition to the main sculptures. Barbara Sanchez is a local visitor that has been to the Sand Festival for the last 5 years.
“I love to just come and enjoy with my family,” Sanchez said. “It is a very unique experience for the family and especially for the kids. My grandchildren get so excited with all the games they have.”
Each year the festival has a new theme. This year is the Sugar Sand FantaSea, a Magical Adventure Above and Below the Sea. As the name describes, you can find all types of sea-themed characters, like Spongebob Squarepants, mermaids, polar bears and pirates.
Lisa Chandler, the event coordinator, said they expected 38,000 people to see the show.
“We want people to come and enjoy. We have live music, food and games,” she said. “Sugar Sand is what makes Clearwater different. It’s not only the beautiful sunsets and the warm water, but it’s people and the events we try to organize that keep people coming back.”
The tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for kids 6 and older, and $8 for seniors, military, law enforcement, firefighters and teachers. For more information visit http://sugarsandfestival.com/.
The Pierce Street Market gives shoppers a unique experience and helps local businesses grow by interacting with the community.
Employee Brandon Hylton of Good Vibes Juice Company believes his employer has grown with the market.
“We’ve been here for a little bit over a year now and we kind of have started with them and now have created a nice, huge market,” Hylton said. “If you look around, there’s people everywhere, we started from a very small market and we have kind of grown with the market.”
The Pierce Street Market started in October 2015 when Natalie Nagengast, founder, was walking her dog around Clearwater and found an area that would suit a local market.
“She lives in this downtown area,” Gutierrez said. “She thought, ‘what a great location to put a market,’ and from that idea we created Pierce Street.”
The waterfront market is located on Drew Street in downtown Clearwater under the Memorial Causeway Bridge. It has over 100 vendors where shoppers will find jewelry, clothes, art, produce, furniture, fresh flowers and food.
“We really pride ourselves on having a really good variety of vendors and really great quality as well,” Gutierrez said. “Our food trucks are to die for, so come hungry and you’ll leave happy.”
The market will be open the second and fourth Saturday of March from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On May 13, it will run on the second Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until September 9.
For any business interested in being a vendor at Pierce Street, submit an application form two weeks before the next desired day of the market. The vendor application form and FAQ page can be found at www.piercestreetmarket.com.
Clearwater, FL-On March 19 at the Clearwater Public Library, comic and gaming enthusiasts came together for the third annual Clearwater Comic Con. This was a free event for all who attended. There was a myriad of booths and activities that catered to many interests, such as comics, gaming and anime.
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At the 4th Annual Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival, more than 40 artists took part and showed off their artistic talents for everyone to see.
This event was held Oct. 23-25 and was hosted by the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce. These professional chalk artists came from all over the world and transformed the Beach Walk into their own artistic playground.
Spectators were able to get a rare experience of witnessing the beauties of art unfold before their eyes.