Sunshine, White Sand and Exploding Sand Sculptures: Travel Channel Filming New TV Show on Sarasota’s Siesta Key

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The Travel Channel Filmed "Sand Wars" on Siesta Key, Florida, Dec. 17, 2011

The Travel Channel Filmed "Sand Wars" on Siesta Key, Florida, Dec. 17, 2011

Saturday I hit Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida, (ranked Best Beach in the U.S. by Dr. Beach) and stumbled upon a war. I witnessed two sand sculptures get blown up and a sand sculpting team win $10,000. Don’t worry, this wasn’t the start of WW III but a competition arranged by Travel Channel for a new television show called “Sand Wars.”

Four teams of two created their temporary masterpieces then visitors voted for their favorite sand sculptures. Losing sculptures were blown up but the there’s a twist with the last sand sculpture standing. The network filmed Saturday and if all goes to plan, they’ll be filming additional shows Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 19 and 20, 2011.

Sand Sculptures on Siesta Key, Now You See Them...

Sand Sculptures on Siesta Key, Now You See Them...

Attending the the filming was a reminder what you see on television isn’t (usually) real. There was take, after take, after take of acting excited and surprised when the sand sculptures were “blown up.” I won’t say more because I don’t want to dim that perception of television magic but will say it takes a lot of work and time to put an hour show together.

Boom! One Less Sand Sculpture During Filming of the Travel Channel's Sand Wars, Siesta Key, Florida, December 17, 2011

Boom! One Less Sand Sculpture During Filming of the Travel Channel's Sand Wars, Siesta Key, Florida, December 17, 2011

“Sand Wars” is expected to debut on the Travel Channel in 2012.

Sand Wars Contestants on Siesta Key, Florida, Dec. 17, 2011

Sand Wars Contestants and Hosts on Siesta Key, Florida, Dec. 17, 2011

Author: Solo Travel Girl

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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  1. I enjoyed this post. I was there during the Siesta Key Sand Wars competition too. I posted pictures on my blog as you did.

    Do you know when the Travel Channel will air the show?

  2. Howdy! Thanks for stopping by. I’m not sure, it could be up to a year I imagine.

  3. If you find out when the show will air please let me know. I also saw the taping and was in several shots.
    Thanks,
    Ed

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