Photo Gallery: The Vermont State Zucchini Festival

You Have to See It to Believe It!

"We saw zucchinis FLYING through the air!" my three-year-old told anyone who would listen for weeks after we returned from Vermont in August of 2006. And she wasn't making it up. The zukapult competition was definitely the highlight of the Vermont State Zucchini Festival, held annually in Ludlow, Vermont starting in 1997.

Unfortunately, there has been no Zucchini Festival since 2010, and I am dismayed, since this quirky little event was the anchor of my New England Summer Festivals A-Z round-up for more than a decade. To experience something similar, consider attending a New England Pumpkin Chucking event in the fall.

You really had to see the Zucchini Festival to believe it. Luckily, I have pictures.... Warning: Like my husband, you may find yourself inspired to build a zukapult. This year, if you want to see what happens to a flying zucchini on impact, you'll have to build a model to test in your own backyard.

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Traditionally held the third weekend of August, the Vermont State Zucchini Festival is a one-of-a-kind New England event you have to see to believe.

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Serious Competition

Veggie Chucker - Vermont State Zucchini Festival Photo
© 2006 Kim Knox Beckius

Traditionally held the third weekend of August, the Vermont State Zucchini Festival is a one-of-a-kind New England event you have to see to believe.

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How to Build a Zukapult

How to Build a Zukapult - Zucchini Festival in Vermont
© 2006 Kim Knox Beckius

Traditionally held the third weekend of August, the Vermont State Zucchini Festival is a one-of-a-kind New England event you have to see to believe.

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The Home Team

Zukapult Contest at Vermont Zucchini Festival - Home Team
© 2006 Kim Knox Beckius

Traditionally held the third weekend of August, the Vermont State Zucchini Festival is a one-of-a-kind New England event you have to see to believe.

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A Crowd Gathers

Photo - Crowd Gathers for the Zukapult Competition at the Zucchini Festival in Vermont
© 2006 Kim Knox Beckius

Traditionally held the third weekend of August, the Vermont State Zucchini Festival is a one-of-a-kind New England event you have to see to believe.

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Initiate the Launch Sequence

Vermont State Zucchini Festival Zukapult Contest Photo - Youngest Competitors
© 2006 Kim Knox Beckius

Traditionally held the third weekend of August, the Vermont State Zucchini Festival is a one-of-a-kind New England event you have to see to believe.

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Fire!

Zucchini Launched from Zukapult Flies Through the Air - Vermont Zucchini Festival Picture
© 2006 Kim Knox Beckius

Traditionally held the third weekend of August, the Vermont State Zucchini Festival is a one-of-a-kind New England event you have to see to believe.

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Third Time's the Charm

Home Team Struggles at Zucchini Festival Zukapult Competition - Photo
© 2006 Kim Knox Beckius

Traditionally held the third weekend of August, the Vermont State Zucchini Festival is a one-of-a-kind New England event you have to see to believe.

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Technical Difficulties

© 2006 Kim Knox Beckius

Traditionally held the third weekend of August, the Vermont State Zucchini Festival is a one-of-a-kind New England event you have to see to believe.

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Squashing the Competition

Vermont State Zucchini Festival in Ludlow Vermont - Squashing the Competition
© 2006 Kim Knox Beckius

Traditionally held the third weekend of August, the Vermont State Zucchini Festival is a one-of-a-kind New England event you have to see to believe.

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The Zuke is Up

Flying Zucchini - Zucchini Festival in Vermont
© 2006 Kim Knox Beckius

Traditionally held the third weekend of August, the Vermont State Zucchini Festival is a one-of-a-kind New England event you have to see to believe.

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The Official Measurement

Judging the Zukapult Contest at the Vermont State Zucchini Festival - Photograph
© 2006 Kim Knox Beckius

Traditionally held the third weekend of August, the Vermont State Zucchini Festival is a one-of-a-kind New England event you have to see to believe.

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But Wait, There's More!

Zucchini Festival Ludlow Vermont - But Wait There's More
© 2006 Kim Knox Beckius

Traditionally held the third weekend of August, the Vermont State Zucchini Festival is a one-of-a-kind New England event you have to see to believe.

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The Duke of Zuke

Duke of Zuke - Logo for the Vermont State Zucchini Festival
© 2006 Kim Knox Beckius

Traditionally held the third weekend of August, the Vermont State Zucchini Festival is a one-of-a-kind New England event you have to see to believe.

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Versatile Zucchini

Versatile Zucchini - Making Zucchini Art at the Zucchini Festival in Vermont
© 2006 Kim Knox Beckius

Traditionally held the third weekend of August, the Vermont State Zucchini Festival is a one-of-a-kind New England event you have to see to believe.

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Stick a Fork in It!

Zucchini Festival Vermont - Picture of Zucchini Art with Forks
© 2006 Kim Knox Beckius

Traditionally held the third weekend of August, the Vermont State Zucchini Festival is a one-of-a-kind New England event you have to see to believe.

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