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Our favorite veggie event. July 18, 2012

Posted by ourfriendben in wit and wisdom.
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Silence Dogood here. Our friend Ben and I are lucky enough to live surrounded by farms, orchards, and vineyards, not to mention farm stands and farmers’ markets. So there’s no shortage of produce-related events in the area, from strawberry and blueberry festivals to garlic fests and our beloved Bowers Chile Pepper Food Festival (held every September in scenic Bowers, PA). But one veggie-themed event stands apart from all the rest: the Easton Farmers’ Market’s Annual Zucchini 500.

Yes, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. This Saturday at 11 a.m., children and adults will descend on the market in Easton, PA, to create and race zucchini cars. There are sports car, midsize and monster truck categories for the kids; adults have to stick to their own midsize races.

Here’s how it works: You arrive, pay a $6 fee, and select your zucchini. Then you get busy. Racing wheels and carving implements are provided, along with a commemorative racing necklace. The vehicles can be surprisingly elaborate; today’s paper showed a photo of one made from a golden zucchini that had been hollowed out and filled with a colorful cast of veggie “passengers.” (OFB points out that that could get a little messy on the racetrack, but maybe they’re secured with toothpicks.) The vehicle’s creator even provided it with a driver (made from the top part of a carrot with a blueberry head) and a carrot-slice steering wheel, and positioned the car, appropriately, on a black-and-white checkered cloth.

It’s hard to imagine that many of the cars, or even monster trucks, could match this level of creativity. I suspect the designer spent quite a bit longer than you’d get at the “track” making it at home (which is perfectly legal, as long as you still pay the $6 entry fee).

Other competitors are more concerned with the aerodynamics of their zucchinis, if they’re shaped for speed and precisely how much to cut out to make them light but fast. We’ll leave that to the imaginations of you engineering types out there.

Admittedly, our friend Ben and I don’t actually attend the Zucchini 500 ourselves. We figure it might be a little slow if you weren’t making a car and entering yourself. But we love the idea of it! If you’re in the vicinity and are looking for a fun thing to do with the kids, there are a lot worse choices than racing zucchinis. (You can find out more at 610-330-9942.)

           ‘Til next time,




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