Beach coming to Caldwell County

Jul. 25, 2014 @ 01:51 PM

The first SunTrust Summer Bash will bring a bit of the coast to the foothills, complete with sand, beach music and shag dancing.

Sand is being brought to the Caldwell County Fairgrounds to provide for a proper beach dance floor, and all the local shag clubs have been invited, said Benny Brittain, a co-chair of the event, which is a fundraiser for the Wig Bank of Caldwell County.

The bash will kick off at 4:30 p.m Aug. 9 with The Entertainers, a beach band that has been playing in the South for 30 years. At 8 p.m., rock band FracXured will take the stage, playing “good, solid rock n’ roll,” as Brittan described it. FracXured, scheduled to play for two hours, is a self-described high-energy party band, made up of local orthopedic surgeons, that plays a variety of ‘80s, rock n’ roll, Southern rock and contemporary music.

The festival will go on rain or shine, with indoor spaces available for the event if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

“I think it can become one of those signature events for Caldwell County,” said event co-chair Terese Almquist, president of the Wig Bank.

As the name implies, the Wig Bank provides wigs for patients whose hair is falling out because of their cancer treatments, but it also provides support groups for patients and caregivers as well as other services, even yoga classes.

At the end of the day, it’s always about the sick grandmother, mother, sister, or daughter, Brittain said, making sure they are comfortable and make sure they fight cancer with dignity and respect.

Wig Bank organizers are hoping to raise $10,000 to go toward the group’s general expense fund, paying for wigs, gas cards, bills, supplies, program materials and more, anything needed by the Wig Bank, which has no paid employees.

“The money we raise is what keeps the house open,” Almquist said.

People are encouraged to bring their own chairs, though bleacher seating will be available. No outside coolers are allowed, but water, soft drinks and alcohol will be for sale.