Spectators urged to take part at 4-H Bridge Bust

A bridge's strength is tested during a previous Bridge Bust competition.
A bridge's strength is tested during a previous Bridge Bust competition.

Join the excitement as more than 20 local teams compete in the sixth annual 4-H Bridge Bust on Saturday, Jan. 6, 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 structural efficiency in various categories, including school, family and youth. Spectators can participate in hands-on 4-H STEM activities, hear from an industry professional, and witness the structural efficiency testing to see which bridge design comes out on top.

“More than 150 people attended last year’s Bridge Bust, and we invite everyone to join us for our sixth annual competition,” 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, engineering and math, in an exciting way.”

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 10:30 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. University of Illinois Extension provides educational programs and research-based information to help Illinois residents improve their quality of life, develop skills and solve problems.

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