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Square Tomatoes celebrates art and invention

Davis bicycle designer Peter Wagner rides one of his many Whymcycles, which will be at the Square Tomatoes Craft Fair on Sunday. Courtesy photo

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From page A7 | August 30, 2013 |

The Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair will be moving into Central Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday with a celebration of art, innovation and invention. Alongside craft vendors, ’60s rock by Ken Kemmerling and food booths will be a display of Peter Wagner’s Whymcycles and inventive crafts.

The fair is showcasing vendors who invent a new process or who up-cycle or reuse items that would have been thrown away. Vendor Shelby Thompson leads the pack with her clocks made from vinyl records. Thompson melts some records into Dali-like clocks and adorns others with themes from the 49ers, Hello Kitty or warnings about rumors.

Davis bicycle designer Wagner will display and discuss his Whymcycles. Wagner is known for inventions derived from bicycles. His Whymcycles have names like Bucking for Glory, Kinetic Choo Choo, and Kruddy Muddy. The Kinetic Choo Choo was part boat and part bicycle. Riders pedaled the Choo Choo in the Arcata to Ferndale Grand Championship Kinetic Sculpture Race. The Choo Choo covered 42 miles, including seven miles of dunes and beach, three or four miles of water. 

Wagner will teach fair visitors how to fit their bikes to their bodies, how to gain maximum power for the least effort, and how to avoid cramps and pain. All are invited to bring their bicycles to the fair in Central Park.

Visitors can try their hand at aerodynamics by folding the Suzanne, the paper airplane that won the world’s record for distance. Jamie Lund will teach visitors of all ages how to fold the Suzanne, fine-tune it and throw it for distance.

Square Tomatoes is a monthly Davis festival that celebrates arts and craftsmanship in Central Park. Visitors who would like to know more about the fair can visit the website at SquareTomatoesCrafts.com.

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