The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf & Resort will host The Big Dig, an event to attempt to set the new Guinness World Record for the most people buried in the sand simultaneously. The current record of 684 was set in Ecuador earlier this year.
"We're looking for about 750 participants," said Megan Harrison, marketing manager at Hilton Sandestin. "The event is open to all hotel guests and the community."
The event is for all ages. Those 12 and older can participate to be buried in the sand and children as young as five can sign up to bury their friends and family.
In light of the July Fourth holiday weekend, the event will benefit local wounded warriors. Although the event is free to join, donations will be graciously accepted and matched up to $25,000 by Hilton Sandestin. Commemorative t-shirts will also be available, with all proceeds going to the cause.
The dig begins at 7 a.m. at Hilton's beachfront. According to Guinness Official Rules, participants will have 30 minutes to have their bodies completely covered with sand up to the neck using approved plastic spades, and remain covered for at least five minutes. To register for The Big Dig, visit HiltonSandestinBeach.com/the-big-dig.
Folks can head back to the Hilton on Thursday for the 4th of July events such as live music, buffet dinner and a premiere location to view fireworks over the water.
"It's a great community event," Harrison said.
— Jennie McKeon