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GKC July 18-19 2015
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GKC Art, Engineering, & Pageantry Judging

The spectacle begins

Benton County Fairgrounds

Saturday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Judging and awards are a big part of the fun.  On Saturday morning, teams run a gauntlet of Art and Engineering judges and also perform their required team song.

GKC Art, Engineering & Pageantry Judging

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The Judging Categories

The four categories that determine overall scoring are Artistry, Pageantry, Engineering, and Timing. Scores are tallied at the end of Sunday's events and using highly complex mathmatical formulas, every team receives some type of award!


The Artistry Judges gather information during the Saturday judging and throughout the Race. Judging is based on the creative craftsmanship of the entire Sculpture and includes such things as use of color, costumes and 2- and 3-dimensional artistic designs (including gratuitous moving parts). A team receives a score between 1 and 10.

Art Judging Standards


Pageantry Judges will be watching teams from the Saturday judging and throughout the weekend. Judging is based on such things as humor, theatrical appeal and thematic role playing. A team receives a score between 1 and 10.

Pageantry Judging Standards


Engineering Judges will be at the Saturday judging, tmorning Tech-Check, and throughout the race. Each judge has his or her own technique for collecting this information, so racers must be prepared to answer questions about, and to demonstrate, their Sculpture. Engineering judging is based on the creativity of the Sculpture design for dealing with various course obstacles, ingenious ways of solving problems, imaginative use of materials, and quality of construction. A Sculpture falling apart or failing to negotiate an obstacle leaves a definite negative impression. A team receives a score between 1 and 10.

Engineering Judging Standards


Race time is determined from the time taken to complete the course, plus additions for penalties and other infractions as determined by the Timekeepers and minus 1/2 hour for each Rumble Seat Passenger (non-pedaling racer).

Teams must complete all sections of the course to qualify. Completing all sections means getting the sculpture across the finish line for each section without resorting to non-human power. The team with the best time after penalties will receive 10 points, the slowest team will receive 1 point and all others will be distributed in between in proportion to their time.


Interested in the kinetic sculpture northwest race circuit?
Schedule these into your kinetic calendar.

MAY Eureka, California
JUNE Klamath Falls, Oregon
AUGUST Boulder, Colorado
OCTOBER Port Townsend, Washington


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