Judges for the America's first All-Women Master Sand Sculpting Doubles Championship could not pick a winner among the three two-women teams at Sand Bash at Holiday Inn on Fort Myers Beach Sunday.
So, the six ladies who carved three beautiful sculptures settled for a previously unheard of three-way tie. They all received first-place medals.
The art created by Natasha Kamenskaia and Lucinda "Sandy Feet" Wierenga titled, "Ah Romance," did receive the People's Choice Award, if that is any indication. The other two sculptures were "The Earth Menders" by Suzanne Altamare and Kali Bradford and "How Can I Still Be Your Superman?" by Melineige Beauregard and Agnese Ridzite-Kirilova.
Natasha Kamenskaia and Lucinda “Sandy Feet” Wierenga won People's Choice for their combined carving titled, “Ah … Romance.”
The result was fine with Co-Event Producer Bill Knight of The Sand Lovers, Inc, who quite enjoyed working with the all-women cast of master sculptors.
"I'm never doing a men's event again," he quipped. "The ladies were phenomenal to work with. The judges could not choose one sculpture. I don't think I have ever heard this happening before."
It was also disclosed that the three two-women teams had never previously worked on a sculpture together before. In fact, members of only one team had actually met before.
The 10-day event closed Sunday shortly after the awards ceremony. It featured the top women's sculptors involved in chainsaw art, quicksand speed sculpting competitions, demonstrations, lessons, ice sculpting, an amateur contest and the singles division championship - pitting 10 master sculptors that was judged the previous Sunday.
Beauregard, who captured the singles title and the Blanche E. Swope Gold Cup, also was honored with the People's Choice Award (announced this past Sunday) with her art titled, "Reveal Your Inner Child."
The third annual Sand Bash began with rain on its first day, but finished with sunny weather. All in all, it was a great event, according to Knight.
"We had rain in the beginning when we opened. It blew the tent down twice," he said. "We just had the tent company come out and put it back up. Overall, the event went really, really good."
Proceeds from 2013 Sand Bash went to local charities and nonprofit groups with the lions share going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Southwest Florida. Komen Executive Director Charlie Myrick thanked everyone involved.
"I want to thank all of the sculptors and the event staff. They did a lot in supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Southwest Florida," he said. "We look forward to doing it again."
Shout outs again went to the many sponsors and volunteers that helped put on the event. A beach cart raffle brought in $325 for the local Komen group. Sherry Lohr won the prize.
In the amateur sand sculpting contest, there was a tie between Alan Eckel and Lisa Fewless.
Five of the competing master sculptor women hail from the U.S. while two came from the Netherlands and one each from Australia, Latvia and Canada.
Knight is looking forward to the fourth annual Sand Bash. The date of the event will be announced when decided.