Lots of people trying to fight the little guy to get his place on the curb to watch hundreds of other people doing the same thing! The annual Kinetic Sculpture Race is unique to say the least! Interest in this yearly activity seems to be dwindling so I am not sure how much longer people will stand on their small speck of the sidewalk trying to take photos around the guy who refuses to get out of the way! It has been fun for a good many years but the "regular" guy seems unwilling to reach into his or her pocket to support this event.
Watching the Kinetic Sculpture Race ...OR watching the people at the Kinetic Sculpture Race...They all come out for it..not sure where from in some cases and I prolly better not venture a guess at this point, but you get my drift..Very interesting to say the least..this is one of the more colorful entries....
The yearly adventure entitled the 'Kinetic Sculpture Race'! People travel to Arcata from everywhere (the whole country) to be involved in this activity. Basically, vehicles (cycle driven)are built that will withstand hours in the bay, on the roads, across railroad tracks,anywhere they need to go to reach their destination which is the victorian village of Ferndale, about ten miles away as the crow flies. Some of the creations are quite extraordinary as you can plainly see. Many enter this race year after year with each new 'Kinetic Sculpture' more interesting than the last..Many of the attractions are manned by more than one person, usually several but there are those who go it alone...Must get pretty cold and wet out there at night as the race culminates on Memorial day and starts two days before..The weather here in Arcata is not always at its best at that time of year and there are usually a couple of downpours but it is all in fun and gets pretty wild and wacky out there! Companies large and small sponser many of these racers so the sculptures can be pretty high tech.
Essentially, living here is living in the redwood empire! The coast is breathtaking everyday! Each time you come around the bend and the Pacific comes into view you are totally awe inspired! For the outdoor activities alone it will be a hard place to leave!
A real must see is the Kinetic Sculpture race! This event is pretty well known. We met people in Scotland last year who were real enthusiasts! it takes place every Memorial Day Weekend on the plaza here in Arcata!
Pastels On The Plaza is a yearly event that should not be missed!
Artists and local business owners get together and create some very enjoyable works of art that will remain until the next rain!