The Kinetic Grand Championship on California's North Coast
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Kinetic Grand Championship

Contraptions, creations, and creativity—those are the mantras for this wacky three-day event on an out-there stretch of the North Coast. Contestants must maneuver their handmade, people-powered race vehicles from the college town of Arcata, near Eureka, roughly 30 miles/ 48 kilometers south along the land and beaches and even across Humboldt Bay to the quaint hamlet of Ferndale. The Memorial Day tradition, nicknamed the “triathlon of the art world” brings out some decidedly bizarre entries; cheer them on from side of the road, or bring bikes to join along for a stretch of scenic country road. It’s all low-key, family-friendly, and good fun.