Is it time to hit the beach? Well, maybe not quite yet but a trip to Kentucky Oaks Mall will make you feel like you’ve arrived. Center Court will soon be the home to It’s a Sandsational Celebration. From April 21 through 24, professional sand sculptors will turn over 20 tons of sand into a unique work of art that honors the artistic culture of the Paducah area. Spectators are welcome to stop by, watch the sculptors work and maybe even pick up a few tips for your own creations. It’s a Sandsational Celebration, sponsored by Stratemeyer Media, will be on display in Kentucky Oaks Mall’s Center Court for 12 weeks.
The creative force behind It’s a Sandsational Celebration will be sculptor Matt Long. Since 2001, Long has created innumerable sand sculptures around the world for competitive, civic and corporate events. He has placed in four World Championship competitions and was a cast member for the Travel Channel show Sand Masters. He has created sand sculptures in far-flung venues like Thailand, New Zealand and New York’s Times Square. Assisting Long will be fellow sculptors Brian Belcher, Brian Wigglesworth, Andy Daily, Greg Grady, Karen Fralich and Matthew Deibert.
Kentucky Oaks Mall is located on Interstate 24, Exits 3 and 4, in Paducah, Kentucky. The mall complex has been serving the people Western Kentucky, Southern Illinois, and Eastern Missouri since 1983. For more information about mall merchants and events, go to www.kentuckyoaksmall.com. Kentucky Oaks Mall is owned and managed in association with Cafaro-affiliated companies, based in Niles, Ohio. To learn more about the Cafaro organization, visit the website www.cafarocompany.com.