Q. Isn’t there a frame underneath all the sand?

A. No.  If there were, the castle would not meet Guinness Book regulations.  The “form” is on the outside of the sand – think of it as a giant bucket, similar to the small plastic one you might use at the beach.  The sand is packed inside and then the bucket (or form) is slowly removed to reveal sand ready to be sculpted.

Q. What kind of sand do you use?

A. It’s called “sharp” sand – it comes right out of the ground and has been there since the glaciers came through.  It hasn’t been walked on, rained on, or even touched.  Beach sand, on the other hand, has been turned into smooth particles by the action of the water, the waves, and cannot stick together as well as sharp sand.

Q. How long does it take to build a record-breaking sandcastle?

A. In 2011, it took about seven weeks to build the 37′ 10″ castle.  Ed estimates it will take about 60 days (or 5,000 person hours with the help of volunteers participating in bucket brigades) to pack the sand and 15 days to sculpt the Sandy Castle in 2013.

Q. Does Ed sketch out the castle design before he begins sculpting?

A. No.  He usually has some ideas floating around in his head, but he sculpts as he goes along, sometimes glancing at a photo or design that he wants to incorporate into the castle.

Q. What happens if it rains?

A. If it rains, the castle gets wet – that’s all.  The bigger problem is thunder – the vibration could cause the castle to fall.  The 2011 castle withstood record rainfall, a tropical storm, Hurricane Irene, and an earthquake.

Q. When did Ed Jarrett start building sand castles?  Why does he do this?  He already has the record.  Why keep breaking it?

A. As a culinary artist, Ed started carving ice in 1984.  He then got into snow and, about eight years ago, started carving sand.  Ed builds his sand castles to raise money for charity – it’s his way of giving back.  As long as there is sand, Ed will continue trying to build larger castles.

Q. How much sand will be needed?

A. The 50-foot castle will require about 1.6 million pounds of sand.

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