Created from found materials and powered by gravity, recycled vehicles racing down a ramp promise to be a highlight of the Earth Day celebration at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West on Saturday, April 22. The afternoon event takes place from 1–4 p.m., during which time the Center extends free admission to attendees.
Participants must bring their completed car—built between March 1 and April 22, 2017—to the event and register it on-site between 1 and 1:45 p.m. Racing begins at 2 p.m. Vehicles must conform to specific guidelines to be eligible for the race; for example, overall size must not exceed 8 ½ by 11 inches, and the design must include at least one screw cap and two containers. Full details and specifications can be found at centerofthewest.org/recycled-vehicle-race.
The Recycled Vehicle Race is open to all, with participants divided in to two classes. Class A includes those 10 years of age or younger on the day of the event; Class B includes those 11 years of age and older. The winner of each class receives a $100 prize. The car deemed to display the most creative use of found materials and that best represents the spirit of the competition receives a $100 prize as well.
The day’s events also include the showing of three documentary films in the Center’s Coe Auditorium: Return of the River (1 p.m. / 55-minutes) by Jessica Plumb and John Gussman about dam removal and restoration of the Elwha River in Washington State; Secret Earth: Yellowstone Supervolcano (2 p.m. / 45 minutes) by Grizzly Creek Films; and the Oceanic Preservation Society’s Racing Extinction (3 p.m. / 84 minutes).
The Center’s Hub/main lobby hosts an exhibitors hall with booths by several organizations and programs. These include Audubon Society, Bargain Box, Bureau of Land Management, Draper Museum Raptor Experience, FOAL, Gradient Mountain Sports, Yellowstone National Park, Nature Conservancy, Northfork Anglers, Northwest College Biology Department, Park County Weed and Pest, Powell Valley Recycling, Sierra Trading Post, Stone Soup Studios, Trout Unlimited, U.S. Forest Service, and Wyoming Game and Fish.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.