Kids, Start Your Vegetables!

Yes, as charlotteobserver.com points out, sometimes it’s OK to play with your food.

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The North Carolina Cooperative Extension service will host the first-ever Zucchini 500 on June 25. Modeled after the Pinewood Derby, kids will create cars out of vegetables and race them for prizes.

Cars will race on a 16-foot-long track in two categories, for ages 9 and younger and 10 and up. Prize categories will include Fastest; Overall Creative; Most Nutritious (based on the number of fresh produce parts); School Spirit Theme; and NASCAR (cars designed to look like a favorite driver’s car).