Tough Times Call for Creative Fundraising — Jarrett’s Castle Has the Solution

Next Spring, Ed Jarrett, Guinness Record Holder for the World’s Tallest Sandcastle, will attempt to break his own record.  But, he can’t do it alone.  Only with help from thousands of volunteers can he succeed is his quest.  That’s why the construction of the castle has been designed as a multi-charity fundraising event, offering organizations the opportunity to raise money through bucket-a-thons and sponsorships.

Interested organizations are invited to send a representative to the Jarrett’s Castle Open House on Thursday, November 18, 2010 anytime between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Winding Trails’ Garmany Hall (50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington).  Registration is required by November 16.  Call (860) 677-8458 or email scott@windingtrails.org.


Check out our new slideshow/video, showcasing Ed Jarrett’s creation of test castles and sculptures in preparation for his attempt to break his own Guinness Book record for the World’s Tallest Sandcastle in Spring 2011.

Jarrett’s Castle 2010 on YouTube


Today, Ed Jarrett, the Guinness Book record holder for the World’s Tallest Sandcastle, completed work on 20-foot test castle in preparation for a Spring 2011 attempt to break his own record.  The test castle was built over the past 10 days at Winding Trails in Farmington with the help of many adult and child volunteers as well as donations of sand from Dunning Sand & Gravel and lumber from Miner’s Inc.  Jarrett’s record holding castle was built in 2007 in Casco, ME, and stood 31’ 7” tall.  In 2011, he aims to reach 35’ in an event designed as a multi-charity fundraiser.

Take a look at the process from start to finish:

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The Courant’s JAVA columnist MaryEllen Fillo interviewed Ed Jarrett for her blog today – check it out at http://blogs.courant.com/java/!


For the past two weeks, Ed Jarrett has been playing in the sand … literally.  It’s all part of a warming up phase in preparation for his Spring 2011 attempt to break his own Guinness Book Record for the World’s Tallest Sandcastle.  Thanks to a huge donation of sand from Dunning Sand & Gravel and building materials from Miner’s Inc., Ed has been building a test castle at Winding Trails, and it’s just about complete.  Thanks to some wonderful assistance from volunteers of all ages, Ed has positioned and packed the sand inside his very own custom-designed scaffolding and has just begun sculpting.  As the castle takes shape, Ed will remove layers of the lumber, each time revealing the next section of sand to be delicately and meticulously carved.