Earth Friendly: Local singers kickoff Idle Free Jamboree derby race

By Breanna Plunkett
March 27, 2014 at midnight
Updated March 26, 2014 at 10:27 p.m.

This year's Idle Free Jamboree derby race is Saturday and kicks off with Scott Taylor from the Scott Taylor Band and Brian Parker of Pop Rocks Ugly racing each other at the Liberty Academy track at the corner of Sam Houston Drive and East Airline Road. Then elementary, middle and high school students will get in the driver's seat of three custom-made, PVC pipe pedal cars and compete for this year's bragging rights.

Hosted by the Environmental Services Department of the city of Victoria, this event was created to educate Victoria drivers about ways they can help keep our air clean every day. The use of motor vehicles is the highest contributor to Victoria's bad ozone.

We want to remind drivers that if they practice a few behaviors while in a vehicle, they will help reduce bad ground-level ozone. Simple acts such as not idling, carpooling and riding a bike or walking to close destinations reduces the amount of pollution created by motor vehicles.

The Idle Free Jamboree began in 2012 with wooden cars being pushed down McCright Drive in Riverside Park. This year, the cars are new, the race track is new and we have more schools racing than ever before. Thanks to the generous donations from Waste Management, Atzenhoffer Mazda, Home Depot, H-E-B, Tractor Supply Company, Republic Waste Services and more, this event has grown in support and popularity.

Similar to past years, this event is completely free and provides a fun-family outing all ages will enjoy. The public is invited to come and watch students compete while learning more about how they can positively impact our air quality. Lunch will be provided for all who attend, and there will be free raffle prizes given during the race.

The first race will begin at 10 a.m., so you don not want to miss out. The event finishes with the popular battle of the badges, where this year, Assistant Fire Chief Tracy Fox will race Assistant Chief of Police Roy Boyd.

Last year, more than 400 people came to support our racers, thus we expect the seats to fill up fast. Come and claim a spot for you and your family, so everyone can enjoy the fresh air and fun competition.

Breanna Plunkett is an education specialist in the Environmental Services Department of the city of Victoria, 361-485-3230.



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