FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- Master sculptor Charlie Beaulieu has spent the last 30 years knee-deep in sand creating masterpieces. But for this years competition he was on the other side of the of the judges table. His team critiqued 24 sculptors from all around the world ultimately choosing one work of art as the winner.
"We like to see people push it to the limit but no so far as to where they lose their sculpture," Beaulieu said.
The world championship of sandsculpting has been around for 25 years, but this was its first stop in southwest Florida.
"It's the biggest footprint, the largest sand sculpting event that's ever been held in the state of Florida," said event director Bill Knight.
The event drew an estimated 100,000 people... and that meant big bucks for businesses on the beach.
"We have done phenomenal this has been the best show we've done in almost a year. The people have been great, the sand sculpting.. everybody's enjoying it," said vendor Caroline Babbitt.
"It creates a festival atmosphere people want to come out and bring their kids and have a good day event," Knight explained.
Being a part of the championship is something many sculptors work years to achieve.. and their spectators spend years remembering.
"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to actually interact with the sculpture. There's some little kids here that you know are four or five years old and in 20 years they're going to remember that vacation they had in Florida. So its pretty exciting," Beaulieu continued.
The sculptors had a total of 25 hours to create their masterpieces. They will all be bulldozed Monday.