Tryon International Equestrian Center To Host Carolina Beach Bash on July 11

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Beach and soul music band The Flashbacks will perform at Tryon International Equestrian Center on July 11. (Photo: The Flashbacks)
Beach and soul music band The Flashbacks will perform at Tryon International Equestrian Center on July 11. (Photo: The Flashbacks)

Mill Spring, NC -- Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) is hosting a Carolina Beach Bash on Saturday, July 11 starting at 6 p.m. in conjunction with its $210,000 Asheville Regional Airport Grand Prix. With live music from The Flashbacks, a 7-piece beach and soul band out of Greenville, S.C. and hosted by renowned South Carolina DJ Beach Bob Ross, attendees are invited to break out their shaggin' shoes for a true blue, Carolina Beach Music celebration. Grab some buckets and shovels, too, because a sand sculpture-building contest will also be held onsite!

Shag Dance Competition

A freestyle shag dance competition will be held and is open to the public. The first place couple will win $250, second place will receive $125 and third place will get $75. Couples interested in competing can sign up on site at TIEC by 5:30 p.m. and the competition starts at 6 p.m. The winning couples will be chosen by audience applause. Emcee Beach Bob Ross will host the competition and it is free for couples to enter.

Sand Sculpture Competition The arenas won't be the only spots with sand this Saturday at TIEC. Sand will be trucked onsite for a sand sculpture-building contest. The contest is free to enter and open to the public, and is limited to the first 12 teams to register at Cash prizes include $250 to first place, $125 to second place, and $75 to third place.

Plenty of free, family fun is also planned for the evening as part of TIEC's ongoing "Saturday Night Lights" series held on Grand Prix Saturdays from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Kids can enjoy free face painting, airbrush tattoos and rides on a hand painted Venetian carousel, plus other family entertainment including live music, eclectically clad stilt walkers, magicians, jugglers and more.

Admission to TIEC and parking are free and open to the public. The evening culminates with the $210,000 Asheville Regional Airport Grand Prix CSI3* to be held in the George Morris Arena in Tryon Stadium. The week's largest show jumping competition is held under international guidelines of the Federation Equestre International (FEI), the sport's international governing body. These activities, combined with TIEC's bounty of onsite dining and shopping options, make TIEC an ideal place to spend time with friends and family. In addition to Roger's Diner and the Legends Grille, which are open year round to the public, patrons can choose from vendors selling sushi, summer treats, coffee, wood-fired pizza, lemonade, ice cream and a variety of carnival snacks.

For more information, call 828-863-1000 or visit