Ed Jarrett Set to Break Tallest Sandcastle Guinness World Record

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Ed Jarrett, Guinness World Record holder for the tallest sandcastle (31 feet, six inches), is closing in on the completion of another record-breaking structure, currently measuring 38 feet, two inches tall. He began sculpting the sandcastle Monday, May 9, 2011 and expects to complete his masterpiece on Friday, May 20, 2011.

Ed Jarrett begins sculpting his 38 foot, two inch sandcastle at Winding Trails in Farmington, CT. The project is a fundraiser benfitting five different charities.

We’ll need to measure again next week when all the forms have been removed and I am finished sculpting, but right now it looks like we've got ourselves a new record!

Since placing the first wooden forms on snow-covered ground April 1st, Ed Jarrett, with the help of more than 1,000 volunteers who have collectively contributed over 2,000 work hours, has packed 1.6 million pounds of sand and water to create a structure that currently stands 38 feet, two inches tall, according to F.A. Hesketh & Associates, Inc. of East Granby.

“This is fantastic,” says Ed Jarrett, whose current Guinness World Record for the Tallest Sandcastle stands at 31 feet, six inches. “Just to be safe, we’ve noted a second measurement and can still break the record if we somehow lose some height from the spire. We’ll need to measure again next week when all the forms have been removed and I am finished sculpting, but right now it looks like we’ve got ourselves a new record!”

Removing the first forms from the top of the structure earlier this week, Jarrett has successfully sculpted the first 12 feet of the sandcastle, from the top down. Over the next eight days, he will continue removing the wooden form layer by layer, sculpting a masterpiece on his way back down to the ground. The completed sandcastle is scheduled to open for public viewing on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

In the meantime, there is still plenty of work for any who want to volunteer and help raise money for charity – Jarrett’s Castle is a multi-charity fundraising event designed to support the Save Walton Pond project at Winding Trails, Special Olympics Connecticut, Gifts of Love, New Horizons, and UCONN Children’s Cancer Fund. Volunteers are welcome Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3:00-6:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a .m.-4:00 p.m. and are needed to help pack sand for the castle moat, a wall to surround the castle, and a pirate ship to be sculpted in a few weeks. All participants are encouraged to donate at least a few dollars for charity.

In 2003, Jarrett built a sandcastle 29 feet, three inches tall, breaking the Guinness World Record for the Tallest Sandcastle for the first time and taking bragging rights from Finland. In 2007, he broke his own record, sculpting a castle 31 feet, seven inches tall and raising more than $100,000 for charity at the same time. Never satisfied, he now seeks to build a castle at least 35 feet tall and raise even more money for charitable organizations.

Sponsors include: Dunning sand & Gravel, which donated all the sand required for the project; Rich Wright Productions, which is producing a documentary film about Jarrett’s quest for the Guinness World Record; Sanford and Hawley, which provided lumber and fencing; WardComm Public Relations and Sharon Mayock Graphic Design for marketing and public relations; Kostin Ruffkess; the Farmington Field Club; and Flaggstead Smokehouse BBQ Restaurant.

Those wanting to learn more and get involved should visit http://www.tallestsandcastle.com for additional details and contact information. Jarrett’s Castle is also on Facebook and Twitter.

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