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FARMINGTON — Those who choose to enter a project in the Pallet Throwdown II planned for Saturday, July 25 at the Farmington Public Library won't have to abide by many rules — just one, in fact.

"The project should be comprised of 75 percent pallet material," said Kathleen Browning, the adult services coordinator at the library. "They can add wheels, paint, whatever."

That leaves a lot of room for interpretation, and if the projects that were submitted for the inaugural Pallet Throwdown last year are any indication, there will be a wide range of entries this year. Participants simply find a way to repurpose a wooden shipping pallet in any way they wish, and they'll be competing for some serious prize money.

The winner of last year's competition was a full-scale replica of the "Star Wars" droid R2-D2, complete with lights and sound, courtesy of an iPod that played the robot's distinctive beeps and whistles, Browning said. Other entries were not as elaborate but were no less imaginative, including a lemonade stand and several pieces of furniture.

Participants will compete for four gift cards ranging in value from $600 for first place to $300 for second place, $100 for third place and $75 for the People's Choice award. That's double the value of last year's cards, Browning said.

As of July 17, only 10 people had registered for the Pallet Throwdown, she said, meaning that those submitting projects had an excellent chance of winning a gift card.

Recycling is at the heart of the competition, Browning said.

The Pallet Throwdown II will be held in conjunction with the Make.Do Fair, a regular event at the library that features local artists, crafts people, musicians, cooks and other people who do presentations on their area of expertise. Browning said the Make.Do Fair will feature a friendship bracelet-making table, a hair-do how-to station, a presentation on duct tape art, a demonstration of a 3-D printer, a demonstration of plein-air painting, and demonstrations of the acoustic guitar and viola. Browning described the event as a combination of high-tech and low-tech attractions.

"It's for the whole family," she said, explaining that previous Make.Do Fairs have drawn anywhere from 150 to 450 people. "It's a hive of activity."

Those who wish to enter the Pallet Throwdown II or deliver a presentation at the Make.Do Fair can do so online at infoway.org.

Browning said the deadline for entering a project in the Pallet Throwdown is Friday, July 24, to give library officials time to make plans for where and how to display the projects.

She encouraged anyone who possesses an interesting skill to sign up for a presentation at the Make.Do Fair.

"Come share your skills with your community," she said.

Mike Easterling is the A&E editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4610 and measterling@daily-times.com. Follow him@measterlingfdt on Twitter.

IF YOU GO


What: Pallet Throwdown II and Make.Do Fair

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 25

Where: Farmington Public Library, 2101 Farmington Ave.

For more information: Visit infoway.org or call 505-599-1270
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