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Salt Game preps underway for downtown Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - When big events are set to hit Myrtle Beach, preparations kick off well in advance. With the Native Sons Salt Games just a few days away, organizers are bracing for impact.

From the Crossfit Up Dog Summer Challenge, to wrestling, surfing, skateboarding, volleyball, yoga, live entertainment, beer gardens, and more, The Native Sons are pulling out all the stops for the Salt Games.

It's the third year for the event and it's doubled in size each year.

They credit participation growth, in part, to the fitness competition, which is drawing in alone, nearly 300 competitors, coming in from all over the Carolinas and Georgia to as far away as Tennessee and Ohio.

"Definitely bringing people in, putting people into hotels, and just kind of letting people be aware of what you can do here at the beach, it's kind of giving a good demonstration of what goes on here in the summer,” said Steve Money of Core Fitness.

Core fitness has been in on the event since it started. Money said you won't just see a bigger event both in attendees but also in activities.

There's a new beach brawl wrestling tournament, and a skateboarding competition on the boulevard. There will also be food vendors this year, many which will carry healthy options like smoothies, to fit the theme. It will also include a concert on Sunday, featuring three bands, including Emerson Hart from Tonic.

Each element is expected to add up to about 600 competitors and of course, welcomes thousands of spectators. This means a win for each business along the boulevard.

"It has to benefit them greatly cause they're gonna have three or four thousand spectators there looking at all these different events,” said Money.

Just be prepared, if you do head down, organizers say, Ocean Boulevard will be closed between 8th and 9th Avenue North, so you may have to park and walk on over. It will be both Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and anyone can check it out for free.

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