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Storm clouds, rain fail to dampen sandcastle contest at Coquina Beach

Stormy weather didn’t stop teams of competitors from building castles in the sand at Coquina Beach Nov. 2 adjacent to the Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion festival. The castle enthusiasts took a break for rain and then returned to the Keep Manatee Beautiful Sandblast competition. The two organizations partnered at Coquina Beach. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann

Students from Lincoln Middle School in Palmetto took a break from the rain during the Nov. 2 Sandblast competition at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach, but their ongoing work on an alligator sand sculpture survived a rain event on Saturday. Islander Photos: Mark Young

Representing the Bradenton Honor Society at the Nov. 2 Sandblast competition, members of Phi Theta Kappa brave the rain to finish their work before judging.

Members of the Happy Gospel Church in Bradenton tell the story of Exodus in their sand sculpture during the annual Sandblast competition at Coquina Beach on Nov. 2. Behind the “Exodus” were Egyptian pyramids showcasing Moses’ deliverance of the people of Israel from Egyptian oppression.

Visitors to the Nov. 2 Sandblast competition were greeted by professional sand sculpture and were welcomed by members of Keep Manatee Beautiful and Anna Maria Island Privateers. The two organizations partnered this year for the Sandblast and Pirate Invasion at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.

Anna Maria Island Girl Scouts raise their second place trophy in the category of Sea Life.  Left to right:
Brenna Heckler, Griffin Heckler, Emily Turner-Leathem, Anna Pears, Adra DuPuis, Katie Krokroskia.  Other team members not pictured, Mikey Pears, Sydney Leechford, Riley Singer, Laila Singer, and Nick Yatros. Islander Photo: Courtesy Julie Krokroskia

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