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Clearwater Beach, FL -- Preparations for the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival are underway.

It takes a year of planning and nearly two weeks to get the sand ready. Despite a rainy start, crews have been out moving mounds of sand into a giant tent. By Wednesday, 15,000 square feet will be filled with 1,000 tons of sugar sand.

The festival goes from April 4th through the 14th.

Organizer Lisa Chandler said that the event is like nothing you've experienced.

"It's an artsy feel between the Artisan crafters, street performers a lot of live free entertainment. It's just a big beach party for 10 days," said Chandler.

It will take sand sculptors nine days to build the exhibit, all housed under the tent. Lisa points out that rain or shine, the event preparation will go on.

Spring breakers at Clearwater Beach share the same attitude and are staying optimistic about their vacation, despite the clouds.

"Well it's snowing where we're from right now, so just thinking about that, it's better being warm than thinking about snow," said Stephanie Shepherd.

Many visitors are intrigued by our big beautiful beaches the sugar sand and of course, the weather. Instead of snowmen at home, it's sugar sand sculptures at Clearwater Beach.

After two days of transferring sand into the tent, the fire department will then come in and hose the sand down to ensure the best packing quality.

Sculptors will then get started on their creations Wednesday evening, which will take nine days to complete.

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