In 2003, Ed Jarrett erected a 29 foot, four inch tall sandcastle in Falmouth, Maine.  At the time, it was declared the world’s tallest.

Not satisfied, in 2007, Jarrett broke his own record in Casco, Maine.  Standing 31 feet, six inches tall, the Guinness World Record-holding structure was sculpted in an event known as the “Castle to the Sun” and designed to raise money for Camp Sunshine.  Over a period of two months, more than 1,000 people volunteered to help build the castle, which required 40 dump truck loads of sand.

In the spring of 2011, Ed Jarrett broke his own record at Winding Trails in Farmington, Connecticut.  The project raised money for charity, with Save Walton Pond at Winding Trails and Special Olympics Connecticut as its marquee beneficiaries.  That sandcastle was declared the world’s tallest by Guinness and the record still stands at 37 feet, 10 inches.Officially certified by Guinness World Records on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.

In Spring 2013, World Renowned Sculptor Ed Jarrett joined with longtime college friend and New Jersey resident and business owner Alan Fumo to build the Sandy Castle on Jenkinson’s Beach in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.  The goal was to reach 50 feet tall and break Ed’s current world record with 100 percent of all proceeds and donations from admission directly going to Hometown Heroes’ efforts to provide “need based charitable assistance” to local residents and businesses struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy.

It was a fundraiser unlike any other.  More than 4,500 volunteers assisted, packing the sandcastle forms over a period of weeks — schools, businesses, clubs, social groups and organizations all answered our call and got  involved.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, the sandcastle didn’t break the record.  However, it raised money for charity and that was the top priority.  Sandy Castle was a tribute to the Jersey Shore and its surrounding area affected by the fury of Sandy.  And, its creation from start to finish was truly an historic event!Guinness Official

A second attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record began in September 2013 and resulted in a new Guinness World Record of 38 feet, 2 inches, declared on October 29, 2013, the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.