Canton – World’s tallest sandcastle set Guinness World Record by Ed Jarrett

Canton – World’s tallest sandcastle set Guinness World Record by Ed Jarrett

FARMINGTON, Conn. — A Canton man has broken his own record for the world’s tallest sandcastle.

The 37-foot, 10-inch sculpture by Ed Jarrett was certified as the world’s tallest on Wednesday by Guinness World Records.

Jarrett and a team of more than 1,500 volunteers built the medieval-style castle at Winding Trails in Farmington with 1.6 million pounds of sand and water.

Jarrett first claimed the record for the tallest sandcastle in 2003 with a 29-foot structure. He broken his own record in 2007 with a 31-foot, 6-inch sandcastle before setting out to build one taller than 35 feet with a goal of raising money for charity.

Special events have been planned to celebrate the achievement of the Guinness World Record and continue raising money for the project’s charities – Save Walton Pond at Winding Trails, Special Olympics Connecticut, Gifts of Love, New Horizons, and UCONN Children’s Cancer Fund. On Saturday, June 18th from 9:00 a.m.-noon, there will be a “Princess & Pirate Parade” for children to come to the sandcastle in costume and participate in crafts, face painting, digging for buried treasure, and more. On Friday, June 24th from 7:00-11:00 p.m., there will be an adults-only “Booty Bash,” a costume party with live music, food, a cash bar, and a treasure hunt for loot donated by local merchants.

The sandcastle remains open for public viewing daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. until June 30, 2011. The entry fee is $10 per car load. In addition to viewing the sandcastle, visitors may participate in a scavenger hunt, called “Ed’s Expedition,” by locating specific items Jarrett sculpted into the castle design over the past two weeks. Official Jarrett’s Castle t-shirts and special edition “Sand-Tastic Soda” in partnership with New Britain-based Avery’s Soda will be available for purchase, with proceeds also going toward the charities.

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