Zucchini 500 returns to NCRC
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
By Emily Ford
KANNAPOLIS — Vegetable racing returns to the N.C. Research Campus this week during the second annual Zucchini 500.
Zucchini on wheels will race down a Pinewood Derby-style track starting at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Research Campus Farmers Market.
Children and adults can bring their entry from home or make one Thursday afternoon with materials provided at the market, which opens at 4 p.m.
Scientists at the Research Campus study health and nutrition. The Zucchini 500 aims to get more children involved in agriculture and educate them about the importance of farming to North Carolina and to people's health.
Volunteers will provide booths and activities.
Racing goes on from 5 to 7 p.m. at the farmers market in downtown Kannapolis.
Kids can put the produce to the metal by racing their cars down the track, or they can vie for prizes based on craftsmanship. Participants will be divided into three age groups: under-9, 9-12 and 13 and older.
- Fastest — First to the bottom wins
- Overall creativity — The zucchini car that stands out in a crowd.
- Most nutritious — The car with the most fresh produce parts.
- School spirit
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