Jade Alemany’s zucchini racer shoots down the track at the Fall Fair on Saturday

Greenest cars in town

A new kind of racing debuts at the Alberni Fall Fair.

It was a victorious day for Jade Alemany at the Fall Fair  Zucchini Races on Saturday, Sept. 6. Alemany, 10, took home the top prize in her category with her homemade zucchini racer.

Alemany’s racer was customized with an icecream container covered in tinfoil and clothes line spaces. Unlike many of the other racers, her machine made it to the bottom in one piece. This was Alemany’s first time at the Zucchini Races but she enjoyed them.

“It was fun,” she said of the event, which she participated in along with her brother John, 7.

This was the first time that the Zucchini Races had made an appearance at the Fall Fair though they’re not a new event for the island.

Oliver,4, and Drew, 2, Bratt came all the way from Coombs to take part in the event, having previously taken home a prize at the Greater Errington Zucchini Cross Race on Aug. 16, 2014.

The brothers’ father Dean Bratt said that his children had loved the event up at Errington and so they wanted to give it another shot now that they’d honed their skills.

Their zucchini racer was a team effort, with the whole family and friends pitching in to make the racing machine such a success.

“A friend helped make the axels and wheels,” said Dean.

While turnout for the first time event was lower than expected, organizers hope that by next year they’ll be able to organize a bigger event with more children coming out to take part.

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