For Immediate Release

Samantha Thomason
Community Relations Manager
 Library holds trebuchet contest & robotics demonstration downtown Saturday, May 6
All-ages competition near City Dock in downtown Fredericksburg
FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, April 28, 2017 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) is holding a Trebuchet Contest on Saturday, May 6, in downtown Fredericksburg. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Headquarters Library, followed by a robotics demonstration by Kilroy Robotics at 10:30 a.m.  The competition will take place on private property adjacent to City Dock, located near the end of Sophia Street, starting at 11:00 a.m. Dave Shotwell of Kilroy Robotics will be our guest judge.

Trebuchets are a type of catapult. Full-sized trebuchets were used during medieval times to smash down castle walls during sieges. Contestants can make their trebuchets at home or in a library MakerLab. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Middle School, High School, Adult, Family.

Schedule of Events:

10:00 a.m. - Registration  at Headquarters Library
10:30  a.m. - Kilroy Robotics demonstration at Headquarters Library 
11:00 a.m. - Competition adjacent to City Dock

  • You must have a name for your trebuchet. 
  • The dimensions of your trebuchet may be no larger than 2 x 2 x 2 feet.
  • CRRL will provide projectiles which are less than 2 inches in diameter.
  • Projectiles must remain intact until they hit the ground.
  • All trebuchets must be propelled by gravity (no springs, no elastics, no compressed air or water, no explosives).
  • CRRL judges are the final arbiters on safety.

For more information, contact Jody Lewandowski, Youth Services Librarian,, 540-372-1144, Headquarters Library, 1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA, 22401.

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