Joe Bell
Director of Corporate Communications
Cafaro Company
330-747-2661 ext. 771
724-730-4532 (Mobile)

A Sand-sational Way to Greet Summer at Ohio Valley Mall

Is it time to hit the beach?  Well, maybe not quite yet but a trip to Ohio Valley Mall will make you feel like you’ve arrived.  Center Court will soon be the home to It’s a Sandsational Celebration.  From May 11-14, professional sand sculptors will turn over 20 tons of sand into a unique work of art with a theme that honors the local community.  Spectators are welcome to stop by, watch the sculptors work and maybe even pick up a few tips for their own creations.  It’s a Sandsational Celebration, sponsored by Belmont Savings, WTOV-TV and iHeart Radio, will be on display in Ohio Valley Mall’s Center Court for 12 weeks.

As part of the Sandsational Celebration, Ohio Valley Mall will host a Beach Party on Saturday, May 14, 11 AM – 2 PM.  At noon, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place in Center Court to officially welcome the sculpture to the mall.  The celebration will include musical entertainment, yard games, snacks and the chance to win a gift basket.

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.


The Ohio Valley Mall is located on I-70, Exit 218-Mall Road, in St. Clairsville, Ohio. It features more than 100 fine retailers, restaurateurs and hotels.  Ohio Valley Mall is owned and managed as part of the Cafaro family of companies, based in Niles, Ohio.  One of the nation’s largest privately held shopping center developers, the Cafaro organization has developed and managed more than 30 million square feet of commercial real estate in 14 states.  For more information visit and