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Bridge Bust fun for participants, spectators alike

Come out to watch the seventh annual Bridge Bust on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Cross Lutheran School in Yorkville.
Come out to watch the seventh annual Bridge Bust on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Cross Lutheran School in Yorkville.

Join the excitement as more than 20 local teams compete in the seventh annual 4-H Bridge Bust on Saturday, Jan. 12, in Yorkville. Watch as weight is slowly added to each balsa wood bridge to see how much it can hold before it breaks.

Teams of area residents have been designing and building their bridges since late November. Each bridge entry will be judged on aesthetics and tested for structural efficiency in various categories, including family and youth. The event also includes special presentations from local civil engineers and an Oswego Robotics Club demonstration.

“More than 150 people attended last year’s Bridge Bust, and we invite everyone to join us this year to learn more about engineering and design in a fun way,” said Jo Ann Britton, 4-H and Youth Development program coordinator with University of Illinois Extension. “Come out and support the teams, and learn more about 4-H and STEM.”

The annual Bridge Bust challenge is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension and 4-H, with cooperation from Rural King and the Cross Lutheran Church and School. The competition will be conducted at the school, 8609 Illinois Route 47, Yorkville.

Teams will check in at 8 a.m., and aesthetics judging will begin about 9 a.m. Bridges will be tested for structural efficiency beginning around 10 a.m., tentatively. Learn more at go.illinois.edu/bridgebust4hdkk.

For more information about the event or local 4-H Youth Development programs, call 630-553-5823 or visit go.illinois.edu/extensiondkk.

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