Joe Bell
Director of Corporate Communications
Cafaro Company
724-730-4532 (Mobile)

Margi MacDuff
Marketing Director
Huntington Mall
304-733-0492 ext. 102

A Sand-sational Way to Greet Summer at Huntington Mall

Is it time to hit the beach?  Well, maybe not quite yet but a trip to Huntington Mall will make you feel like you’ve arrived.  The Macy’s Court will soon be the home to It’s a Sandsational Celebration.  From April 30 through May 3, professional sand sculptors will turn over 20 tons of sand into a unique work of art with the theme “Almost Heaven, West Virginia”.  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 WCHS-TV, Fox TV, WCTR and WKEE, will be on display in Huntington Mall’s Macy’s 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.

Huntington Mall has been serving the people of West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky since 1981.  This 1.5 million square foot shopping complex is located off Route 60 and Interstate 64 at exit 20 in Barboursville, WV.  For more information on mall tenants, hours and events, call 304-733-0492 or visit online at  Huntington Mall is owned and managed in association with the Cafaro family of companies, based in Niles, Ohio.  To learn more about the Cafaro organization, go to