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Zucchini Races II October 9, 2008

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Back in the hot, lazy days of summer, I wrote a totally off-topic post about zucchini races at a Seattle farmers’ market. For some reason, it got a lot of hits from people looking to run their own version of the event, and I regretted not having more actual how-to information in the post.

In the early fall, my daughter attended an Oktoberfest event in Seattle’s wacky Fremont neighborhood (formerly industrial, then arsty, now given over mostly to yuppification, sadly). Self-designated as “the Center of the Universe,” Fremont is home to many pieces of street art and public sculpture, and is definitely worth a walk through on any visit here, despite the gentrification.

The zucchini cars the kids made were simpler than the ones at the farmers’ market, but they operated on the same principle, just with fewer doodads for ornamentation. Here’s how to make one.


– 1 smallish zucchini, any color (must be fairly straight, so the “belly” doesn’t drag

– 4 wooden craft wheels (1 1/2″ diameter)

– 4 nails (1 1/2″ or thereabouts)

– 8 washers

– 8 plastic craft beads

– drink umbrellas, pipe cleaners, feathers, toothpick flags, self-stick eyes, etc for decoration

Load a bead, a washer, a wheel, another washer and another bead onto each nail and push all four into the zuke. Check for roll-ability. Decorate as desired or leave simple for aerodynamic sleekness. Race on a pinewood derby track, don’t make a big deal of who wins or doesn’t. That’s it!

Zuke car


5 Responses to “Zucchini Races II”

  1. Kristi Says:

    That’s hilarious!
    Makes me wish I had room to grow zucchini

  2. Fantastic idea – why did I never think of that? Perfect for my kids B-day party next week!

  3. mrtumnas Says:

    Awesome! I know what I’m doing this weekend 😛

  4. Daphne Gould Says:

    That is so funny. Too bad my kids are all grown up. They would have loved the idea.

  5. jgh Says:

    What a riot! We have a harvest festival at our school every year and this would be a perfect activity for it. Great idea.

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