Oliver looking for best fruit, produce and zucchini cars

Fun for all ages is the promise at Oliver's Sunshine festival and Roots and Fruits Expo in mid-August.

The Oliver Roots and Fruits Expo is just around the corner — which means it’s time to get serious about getting your wares together.

And maybe thinking about putting together a “car” for the zucchini races.

The all-day, free-to-all, fun-for-all-ages celebration of Oliver, its agriculture and its history August 18 is looking for the region’s best baking, artwork or produce.

Plan to enter your tastiest baking, best art, craziest-looking produce, and more in the Roots and Fruits Exhibition, set to take over the Community Hall during the Oliver Sunshine Festival weekend.

Competitive categories include everything from collage to photography to sculpture, tomatoes to flowers to garlic and cookies to bread to canning.

Children are invited to participate as well, with categories for those aged five and under, six to eight, nine to 12 and 13-15.

Exhibitor tags can be picked up at the Oliver Parks and Recreation office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. the week prior to the festival. Entries will be accepted at the Community Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 17.

The line-up of activities and entertainment at the Expo this year includes non-stop music and entertainment on two stages, an Oliver’s Got Talent show, mechanical bull riding, pie-eating contest, pony rides, goat petting, piles of activities for children, fantastic food vendors, and so much more.

And about those zucchini car races.

Do you think you have what it takes to be known as the South Okanagan’s best car designer and fastest racer?

Build yourself a Zucchini Car and be ready to roll.

A zucchini car is exactly what it sounds like: a whole or carved zucchini attached to or mounted on top of any kind of wheels, as long as the whole vehicle does not exceed 30 cm in width.

Cars will race in pairs with the winner of each race moving on to the next heat. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest, most creative, and best-looking cars built by competitors in each age category (under seven, nine to 12 , and 13 and over).

Zucchini car-making supplies will not be available onsite at the Roots and Fruits Expo: make your car at home and bring it along to race for glory!

Check out full event details at oliver-sunshine-festival.

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