Columbia bringing the beach to Finlay Park

ccope@thestate.comJuly 3, 2013 

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    What: Capital City Beach Party

    When: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday

    Where: Finlay Park

— The City of Columbia is bringing the beach to the Midlands on Saturday afternoon.

About 250 tons of sand – no kidding – will be placed in front of the concert stage in Finlay Park, said Jeff Caton, director of parks and recreation for the city.

“It’s not often that you’re going to see that much sand in one place in the Columbia area,” Caton said.

The city would have to purchase the sand anyway for turf areas in the parks, Caton said.

This way, the sand gets a dual use that Columbia residents can enjoy, he said.

In addition to beach games, a concert and fireworks, there will also be hot air balloons if the weather permits.

Attendees can go up in a tethered hot air balloon piloted by Captain Telegram, a local radio personality who said it will cost $8 per person to ride.

Captain Telegram said hot air balloon rides are an unusual experience for some people.

He said the looks on little kids’ faces during the experience while they wave to their parents, smile and take pictures is pretty amazing.

Reach Cope at 803-771-8657.

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