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Cary boy to compete in pretzel coaster competition

Posted July 9, 2009

— A 13-year-old Cary boy has been selected as one of six semi-finalists in a pretzel roller-coaster build-off. Bradley Pehr will compete in the final building competition at Busch Gardens on July 16.

The contest is hosted by Snyder's of Hanover and Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. Semi-finalists ranged in age from 11 to 29 years old.

Using only pretzels, a glue gun and his creativity, Bradley will compete against the other five semi-finalists during a timed competition at Busch Gardens on July 16.

They have to build one of Busch Gardens’ famous coasters, Apollo’s Chariot, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this season. The contestants will be judged by an engineer and expert from Busch Gardens, a pretzel expert from Snyder’s of Hanover and a roller coaster fan from the American Coaster Enthusiasts club.

The grand-prize winner will be awarded a four-pack of Platinum Passes valid for admission and in-park discounts for two years at Worlds of Discovery parks throughout the United States. The winner will also get a year’s supply of Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels. The estimated retail value of the grand prize is more than $1,350.


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  • deannaandgrace Jul 9, 2009

    This is news why?

  • IzzMad2016 Jul 9, 2009

    ncuspam : I'm a little surprised at how many negative things you have to say about what I would call a very light-hearted topic. It's pretzels, for Pete's sake, and something fun and creative for a child to do. I think it's a great opportunity for the younger generation (who are often bored and roaming the streets looking for mischief) to do something a little constructive and creative. I was raised to not waste food, also, but I believe this equates to all the macaroni crosses and necklaces we made in art class and Bible School. Lighten up a little.

  • kittiboo Jul 9, 2009

    That is very cool! Good luck to him!
    ncsuspam- I'm sure they were stale pretzels that no one would want to eat anyway... =)

  • Rockermom Jul 9, 2009

    ncsuspam - Seriously????

  • Army Brat I Am Jul 9, 2009

    GOOD LUCK!! some of you need to calm down.

  • artist Jul 9, 2009

    I wonder.... will it pass Cary's building permit laws? (Just don't call it a Modular pretzel coaster)

  • usmilewme2 Jul 9, 2009

    oooooo please....the child was being creative...he was staying out of trouble. and for the record even when you do have active lives and teach them the best values and good ways of life does not make for a perfect child/adult. some of the best have gone very bad...........KIDS get more creative and have fun...........was of food....where do you put all your left overs.....old cookies, old cereal, ect. etc..etc...

  • this is my Screen Name Jul 9, 2009

    Guess he should have not been putting glue on food and spent his time making idle bomb threats to schools for money. That's more enterprising and he could then buy more pretzels to send to starving children. (tehehehehehe)

  • ncsuspam Jul 9, 2009

    If he was my child and I found he had been putting glue all over his food he would be punished. I don't know about you but I teach my children right. Most parents don't and look how this world has turned out.

  • SoFarFromHome Jul 9, 2009

    NCSUSPAM - He is a child... can't he have fun? I'm sure you haven't wasted a single ounce of food in your life, right?