When completed, the Myrtle Beach area’s sandcastle was 60 feet wide at its base. It used 130 dump truck loads of sand and stood at a towering 35 feet tall, which exceeded the current record of 29.25 feet held by Parkfest in Falmount, Maine, since 2003. The successful completion will be entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Sadly, vandals damaged part of a sandcastle at one point during its construction. It was repaired. Then vandals struck again. The picture on the far left, bottom row shows the damage to the top "tower" in the bottom photos.
World's Tallest Sandcastle - News Article from USA Today
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. Despite wind and rain damage from Tropical Storm Barry, Myrtle Beach’s 2007 Sun Fun Festival can boast having created the World’s Tallest Sandcastle once again. The sandcastle, sponsored by Best Western of the Carolinas, was measured at a press conference today (June 4) and an independent surveyor from DDC Engineers Inc. confirmed the sandcastle is indeed taller than its record-holding predecessor.
"Towering at an astonishing 49.55 feet tall when officially surveyed on May 31, the Sun Fun Festival sandcastle surpassed the Neptune Festival’s record of 37.9 feet (Virginia Beach, Va.) by an astounding 11.65 feet. Following Tropical Storm Barry, the sandcastle was measured on the morning of June 4 at 43.12 feet by DDC Engineers Inc., showing that the tropical storm knocked 6.43 feet off of the top."
I took the pictures of the new sand castle below on June 4, 2007. Click each to enlarge.
If you like Myrtle Beach nostalgia, history or anything old, you may also enjoy:
|Old Myrtle Bach | Beach Renourishment 2007 | Vintage Myrtle Beach Postcards and Photos | Hurricane Charley - August 13, 2004 | Sun Fun 2004 | The Pavilion "Save the Last Dance" Oct. 2006 | Pavilion - Final Season | Carousel Horses, 2003/Herschell-Spillman Carousel | Pedro's South of the Border | Tornado (twister) 2001 | World's Tallest Sandcastle June, 2006 | Globes (orbs) from the old Pavilion