A sand castle built nearly 32 feet high to raise funds for a camp for terminally ill children and their families was being promoted as the world's tallest on Saturday.

More than 1,000 people volunteered over the past two months to help build the castle, which used 40 dump truck loads of sand.

Ed Jarrett, who created a 29 1/4-foot sand castle in Falmouth, Maine, that was declared the world's tallest in 2003, organized the "Castle to the Sun" event to raise funds for Camp Sunshine.

Organizers said Saturday morning the elaborate sand castle in Casco measured a height of 31 feet, 7 inches. Plans called for paperwork to be sent to the Guinness Book of Records, which will determine whether the castle makes the record book.

On Wednesday, vandals partly toppled a 15-foot sand castle that was built to tease interest in the world record attempt, according to local published reports.

Two unidentified men were seen on a store's surveillance tape knocking the top off of the 15-foot structure at the Kittery Trading Post. Police are investigating.