ZUCCHINI RACER Olympic bobsleigh athlete Justin Kripps shows a zucchini bobsleigh. This year’s Summerland Fall Fair will include a zucchini bobsleigh race. John Arendt/Summerland Review

Summerland Fall Fair to include zucchini bobsleigh race

Participants in new race will compete for trophy named after Olympic athlete Justin Kripps

Zucchinis will be present at the Summerland Fall Fair in September, but this year, the common vegetable will show its versatility on the bobsleigh track.

On Sept. 7, the fair will include a zucchini bobsleigh competition as participants vie for the Kripps Cup. A track will be set up at the corner of Main Street and Henry Avenue.

The trophy is presented in honour of Justin Kripps, a Canadian bobsleigh athlete from Summerland who tied for gold in the two-man bobsleigh competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Sarah Senecal, organizer of the zucchini bobsleigh race, said the competition was inspired by similar races on Salt Spring Island and in other communities.

“We hope people will participate and bring their decorated zucchinis,” she said.

Unlike Olympic bobsleighs, the zucchinis entered in the race will have wheels and will race down a specially constructed track, not an icy course.

“It’s going to be really interesting seeing the designs the kids come up with for the bobsleigh race,” Kripps said.

He said aerodynamics, weight distribution and the resistance of the wheels will all affect the performance of the zucchinis on the track.

“It will be cool to see what they come up with and what wins the race.”

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