America Recycles Day at SandBlast 2015 is a sand sculpture competition that pairs amateur teams with local business sponsors to raise funds to support Keep Manatee Beautiful’s programs and events which make visible differences to our community environment that improves people’s quality of life in Manatee County. SandBlast also celebrates America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day (officially on Nov. 15) dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products, so as to create a better natural environment.
A professional sand sculpture team called Team Sandtastic started two days before the event by building an 80-ton Recycle-Tiki exhibition sculpture at Manatee Public Beach on Anna Maria Island in Manatee County, Florida. Teams and the public were invited to the free clinics put on there by Team Sandtastic on November 12 and 13 at sunset to learn the tips, tricks and techniques of sand sculpting, as well as to the sand-sculpting competition on November 14. America Recycles Day at SandBlast highlights at https://youtu.be/TZ1xTgiPHH4
On amateur competition day, 12 teams arrived at 8:00 a.m. at Manatee Public Beach to get first pick of the 15-by-15 foot plots to create sculptures choosing from one of the themes: Free Form, Wildlife or Holiday. Sculpting commenced at 9:00 a.m. and continued until 1:00 p.m. Judging the sculptures of each theme followed, in which the four judges included Sand Sculptor Larry Hudson with Team Sandtastic. First-place and Runner-up awards were made of out 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, with all team members receiving Olympic medallions.