"Have you heard about the Kinetic Skulpture Race?" asked the hostess at the Visitors Center in Port Townsend, WA.
We answered that we had not. "What's that all about?" was our follow-up question.
"Well, it's hard to say, but it's fun--and the race is this afternoon. Head to City Hall and you can see the preparations," was her intriguing answer.
Undefined. Fun. Sculpture spelled with a "k"--certainly worth a look.
Parking spots were at a premium downtown. Our spot was a couple of blocks from this...vehicle.
"Rule 1.d--Entry must complete race to qualify for any race award.
"Rule 7-11--offishuls are doing the best they can. If things are not going your way, take it personally. They are picking on you.
"Rule 9am--No sniveling, kicking, biting, scratching, or other fisticuffs. Break this rule and you’re knocked out!
"Rule XXX--Because I said so! Rule. Statement given to anyone who questions Kinetic Authority.
"Rule XYZ--Cheating is not a right, but a privilege.
"Awards are given to each racer--whether they want it or not, but the most highly prized award is the 'Mediocrity Award,' the skulpture that finishes in the middle of the pack."
As we walked around the staging area for the participants and their vehicles, we were overwhelmed with the mass of color, construction of the vehicles (such as the one in the next two photos), and the pre-race ceremonies.
*Tell one joke
*Share a recipe
*Demonstrate a talent or skill