Press Release: Sept. 26, 2013

by SandMan on September 26, 2013

Construction Begins on Sandy Castle, Second Edition
World Record Attempt Offers Limited Timeframe for Volunteers

September 26, 2013 | Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – Earlier this week on Jenkinson’s Beach in Point Pleasant, deconstruction officially began on Sandy Castle, the 30+ foot sandcastle that has raised more than $50,000 for Hometown Heroes.  Now, construction is underway for “Sandy Castle 2013, Second Edition,” world-renowned sculptor Ed Jarrett’s continued effort to raise money for Superstorm Sandy relief efforts as well as a second attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record for the Tallest Sandcastle.Crying Mermaid at Sandy Castle

Fueled by his project’s fundraising success to date and the promise he made to more than 2,500 children who helped build Sandy Castle, Jarrett is energized and excited to reach new sand sculpting heights.  That’s a good thing because, with only a few weeks to pack the sand to a height of 41 feet, he’s got to work quickly.

“Last time, we spent almost two months packing sand.  This time, if you blink, you’re going to miss it,” says Jarrett, who spent the past few days working with various groups of volunteers, some of whom assisted on the first attempt earlier this year.  “One of them told me just last night that he thinks our efforts are a great lesson in determination and perseverance.”

“More than just one last blast at the beach before the weather gets cold, this is a great corporate retreat or team building day,” says Jarrett.  “And, there are myriad lessons for school groups of all ages – from science to math, and more.  Each volunteer brings his or her own special reason for helping out and adds another layer of uniqueness to this project.  We love getting to know them all while they’re here – they’re part of what makes doing this so rewarding.”

It took more than 4,000 volunteers to pack sand into forms that reached higher than 50 feet by the end of May.  Unfortunately, weather/vibration-related problems caused a total of six different spire problems with the final crumble on the first day of summer rendering Sandy Castle too short to break the current Guinness World Record of 37 feet, 10 inches set by Jarrett two years ago.  Sandy Castle then became part of a beautifully sculpted sand tribute to the New Jersey Shore, its residents, and the area’s rebirth following Superstorm Sandy.

This time, Jarrett has lowered his goal just a smidge and seeks to create a sandcastle about 40 feet tall – short enough for completion within a specific event-driven timeline, while tall enough to break the record.

One Sandcastle Comes Down & Another Goes Up

Jarrett and volunteers are in the process of removing sand from Sandy Castle and packing it into forms for the Second Edition.  The sand packing process will continue through Sunday, October 13th.  On Columbus Day (Monday, October 14th), Jarrett will begin sculpting.  He plans to be finished by October 29th and open the sandcastle for a Halloween Haunt Weekend.

“Marking the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Sandy Castle Second Edition will give Halloween back to the New Jersey Shore,” says Jarrett.  “One side of the sandcastle will be haunted and the other will celebrate the upcoming holiday season – we’re going to have a costume party followed by a little bit of Christmas in November.”

About Ed Jarrett

Ed Jarrett volunteers his time to build sandcastles for charity.  He set his first Guinness World Record for the Tallest Sandcastle in 2003 when his creation standing 29 feet, four inches tall in Falmouth, Maine broke the record previously held in Finland.  Since then, he has broken his own record twice and holds the current record of 37 feet, 10 inches, set in 2011 in Farmington, Connecticut.  For more information about Sandy Castle, please visit  Sandy Castle is also on Facebook (Jarrett’s Castle), Twitter (@JarrettsCastle) and Instagram (@tallestsandcastle).

About Hometown Heroes

Hometown Heroes is an incorporated organization founded in 2008 to provide assistance to the community at large.  Hometown Heroes’ main purpose is to foster an environment of goodwill, generosity, and encouragement by supporting local communities when unexpected needs arise during a crisis without discrimination towards an individual’s ethnicity, gender, and age.  The organization provides an opportunity for all of us to give back to the community through professional assistance, financial assistance, and advocacy.  Hometown Heroes helps those in need, often with little or no time, to find a solution to a problem that at the time appears overwhelming.

# # #

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: