If you haven’t seen or heard about the Sandy castle located on Jenkinson’s Beach in Point Pleasant, NJ then you truly are missing out. Ed Jarrett, the sculptor, inspired more than 4,000 volunteers to help build a giant sand castle in the middle of the beach! This isn’t Jarrett’s first rodeo, he has been building sand structures and breaking records all over the country for years. This time his creation has duel purpose. Not only is he trying to break a world record but, every dollar donated goes directly to Hometown Heroes, which provides “need based charitable assistance” to local businesses and residents who might still be struggling after super storm Sandy.
Not one, but two
If one castle wasn’t enough, Ed Jarrett has decided to start construction of a SECOND castle directly in front of the original Sandy Castle. It was Jarrett’s goal to create something beneficial and beautiful for the community, as well as break the Guinness World
Record for the tallest sand castle. Unfortunately, due to life’s unexpected “bumps”, or in Jarrett’s case “vibrations”, his first masterpiece experienced a few cracks and collapses causing the artist to miss the record by 4 feet! You know what they say though, “If at first you don’t succeed…TRY AGAIN.” That’s exactly what he plans on doing right after Labor Day weekend. They hope to complete the castle by the end of October, just in time for the anniversary of super storm Sandy. He plans on recycling the sand from his original creation and use it to fill the new and improved castle, which according to Jarrett will most defiantly beat the world record.
Last chance to see the castle
It’s stories like these that remind us that nothing lasts forever, and sand castles are no exceptions. If you’re spending Labor Day weekend in the Jersey Shore area then you MUST take a drive to Point Pleasant Beach to see this wonderful art piece before it comes down next week. It only costs $1 to see the massive structure and it’s for a great cause. So make your way to Jenkinson’s boardwalk and take a minute to appreciate one man’s efforts to give back to the community, one bag of sand at a time.
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