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Salt River Fields Announces ‘World’s Best Sand Sculpting Championship Presented by Talking Stick Destination’ Sat. & Sun., Dec. 12 & 13

First Sand Sculpting Competition ever hosted in Arizona
10 World-Class Artists Competing for $19,000 Purse
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Aug. 24, 2015) — Salt River Fields is proud to announce the ‘World’s Best Sand Sculpting Championship Presented by Talking Stick Destination,’ a family-friendly two-day beach themed festival (, Sat. and Sun, Dec. 12 and 13, noon-8pm, featuring the first sand sculpting competition ever hosted in Arizona.          

Ten world-class artists will begin to design and build one-of-a-kind sand sculptures on Saturday and will carve live until 5 pm. Sunday, the general public will be able to cast their vote for the People’s Choice award while the artists apply the finishing touches to their creations, which will range from 10 to 20 feet in length.  Artists will compete for a $19,000 purse, and the sculptures will be judged with the winner announced Sunday evening.
“Only in Arizona can you have a beach bash in the middle of winter,” said Dave Dunne, General Manager, Salt River Fields. “Where else than in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona, can you plan a family photo with Santa, and be awed by amazingly creative sand sculptures.  It can only happen in the middle of the Sonoran desert, and we’re excited it’s happening here at Talking Stick.”
 The two-day event also will feature beach-themed live entertainment, food, holiday vendors to top off seasonal shopping lists, FREE sandcastle lessons taught by Andy Hancock from Sandcastle Lessons (, photos with Santa Claus as he stops by on his last few days of vacation and much more. The sand sculpting competition is organized by renowned multimedia artist Sean Fitzpatrick from Fitzy Snowman Sculpting (
TICKETS. General admission tickets are $12; children 2 and under are FREE. Tickets are available at


About Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. 
Salt River Fields is a central landmark within the Talking Stick Destination. Completing its fifth season in 2015, the world-class, LEED Certified Gold venue serves as Spring Training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. The facility is surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful mountain panoramas, and also serves as a popular year-round destination for major community events. Salt River Fields is an enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and in 2015 earned a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and was named Best Spring Training Field by Arizona Foothills Magazine.  The facility also is a winner of the 2013 Good Design is Good Business competition by Architectural Record; Best Sports/Entertainment Project by News-Record Southwest; and Ballpark Digest named it Ballpark of the Year.  Salt River Fields, 7555 North Pima Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. 85258. Visit for the latest information. Follow on Twitter @SaltRiverFields and Facebook
About Talking Stick Destination. The Talking Stick Destination is Scottsdale’s premier entertainment destination, featuring eight entities that are surrounded by a rich cultural history and spectacular valley views. The Talking Stick Destination is home to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Talking Stick Resort, Talking Stick Golf Club, the Pavilions at Talking Stick, Octane Raceway, Topgolf, Butterfly Wonderland, Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River and OdySea Aquarium, opening Summer 2016. The Talking Stick Destination is a collaboration marketing initiative lead by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. In 2014, Talking Stick Destination was voted Best Tribal Enterprise by the Arizona Indian Chamber of Commerce.


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