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Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest participant setting up an arch style bridge made out of spaghetti to be weight load tested

Spaghetti Bridge

39th annual Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest
held at 91̽, Kelowna Campus

What is "Spaghetti Bridge"?

The 39th annual Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest that will be held at 91̽, Kelowna Campus on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024.

Team builders have two hours to follow guidelines and build a spaghetti bridge at 91̽, while heavyweights and elementary students build their bridge beforehand to be presented and tested. Prizes will be awarded for the most successful teams in each team building category and heavyweight division while winners in Grade 6-10 will qualify for the 2024 in Abbotsford.

Event details

Date and time

Firday, February 23, 2024

Location

91̽ Trades Building  
91̽  
1000 KLO Road, Kelowna, BC

Kelowna campus map

About the event

On February 23, 2024 competitors will gather at the 91̽ Kelowna campus for the 39th annual Spaghetti Bridge Building competition.

This contest is as a part of a 2024 Central Okanagan Skills Regional competitions event, which will also be held on the same day.

Registration information can be found below. Interested students should talk to their teachers. For help/information please email collegerelations@okanagan.bc.ca.

Rules and general information

NOTE: Team builders are not permitted to bring any tools, templates, glue etc. to the competition.

How to register

All categories can register here. 

Event day registration

The registration of the bridges will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, February 23, 2024 at the Kelowna Campus of 91̽ (1000 KLO Road). Bridges arriving after 9:30 a.m. may not be accepted for competition. The loading and testing of the bridges will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Contests

Students may enter the following competitions:

  • Elementary School Students: (Non-competition, students build bridge beforehand and present at competition)
  • Grade 6-10 Team Building: (Teams of 2-4. Winners advance to Skills Provincials, compete for prizes)
  • Grade 11-12 Team Building: (Teams of 2-4 or individual. Winners compete for prizes)
  • Post-Secondary Students: (Teams of 2-4. Winners compete for prizes)
  • Heavyweight Competition: (Winners compete for prizes)

Elementary School Demonstration: students are encouraged to build a replica of the Lion's Gate bridge in Vancouver using suitable material such as pasta or popsicle sticks and glue. Students are also encouraged to create a poster that showcases the bridge they select. Students should work in teams and complete the bridge prior to the demonstration. Students will have an opportunity to present their bridges to the audience.

Grade 6-10 Team Building: Students work in teams of two to four to complete a spaghetti building task on the day of the Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest. All materials are supplied at the contest and the building criteria will be sent out in advance of the competition. Winners can advance to the Skills Provincials. 

Grade 11-12 Team Building: Students work in teams of two to four to complete a spaghetti building task on the day of the Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest. All materials are supplied at the contest and the building criteria will be sent out in advance of the competition. Winners in Grades 10-12 compete for prizes.

Post Secondary Team Building: Students work in teams of two to four to complete a spaghetti building task on the day of the Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest. All materials are supplied at the contest and the building criteria will be sent out in advance of the competition.

Heavyweight Competition: students work individually or in teams to build a spaghetti bridge to support the maximum amount of weight possible (see Heavyweight contest rules for details). Each bridge must be completed prior to the Spaghetti Bridge Contest.

Additional information

More information can be requested by emailing collegerelations@okanagan.bc.ca.

Please note: contest schedule times are approximate.

8:30 - 10:30 a.mCompetitor check in
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.Team Building competition - teams build structures in the atrium and pit
10 - 10:30 a.m.Demonstrations of Elementary bridges in the theatre
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.Judging: Individual students' pre-built bridges  
Secondary School division
11:15 a.m.Awards for Student Competition
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.Judging: Team Building Competition  
Secondary and Post-Secondary School divisions
12 p.m.Awards for Team Building Competition
12:15 p.m.Judging/testing: Heavy Weight competition
1 p.m.Awards for Heavy Weight Competition

 

These rules are for all teams in the team building category (please ignore the title of this document and simply follow the rules) 


Team building bridges MUST be completed at the Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest

For students in Grade 6 and up who work individually or in teams 

Each bridge MUST be completed prior to the Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest

Registration information

Registration for competition events

NOTE: Each bridge MUST be completed at the Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest except elementary and heavyweight categories.


 

Registration for non-competition events

Elementary school demonstration

This is a non-competition event for students in Kindergarten to Grade 5.

Students are encouraged to build a replica of the Lion's Gate Bridge, a suspension bridge that spans the Burrard Inlet in Vancouver.

Stories and participant experiences

Check out what people had to say about Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest hosted by 91̽.

2024 Sponsors

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Photo gallery

38th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Contest (2023)

Photos from the 38th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Contest that took place on Friday, March 3rd, 2023 hosted by 91̽'s Kelowna campus, featuring bridges by more than 250 competitors from Grade 7 to Post-Secondary.

Congratulations to all competitors and thank you to our sponsors. Lead Sponsors Faction Projects Inc. and Multi Power Products Ltd., and Sponsors: Bird Construction, PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc., CTQ Consultants, Interior Testing Services Ltd. and the 91̽ Students’ Union.

37th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Contest (2019)

Photos from the 37th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Contest that took place on Friday, March 1st, 2020 hosted by 91̽'s Kelowna campus, featuring bridges by more than 250 competitors from Grade 7 to Post-Secondary.

36th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Contest (2019)

Photos from the 36th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Contest that took place on Friday, March 1st, 2019 hosted by 91̽'s Kelowna campus, featuring bridges by more than 250 competitors from Grade 7 to Post-Secondary.

Spaghetti Bridge Building History

Heavyweight

2020 – 37th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

  • 1st place ($1,500) - Justin Dessert  (Charles Bloom Secondary, Lumby, BC) Bridge weighed 845.27 grams and held 237.44 kg
  • 2nd place ($1,000) - James Dessert (91̽, Kelowna, BC) Bridge weighed 791.10 grams and held 177.85 kg
  • 3rd place ($500) - Keyvan Khadem, Harvir Mann, Ahmed Ramadan, Gavin Saini (UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC) Bridge weighed 992.10 grams and held 131.24 kg

2019 – 36th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

  • 1st place ($1,500) - James Dessert  (91̽, Kelowna, BC) Bridge weighed 799.61 grams and held 137.94 kg
  • 2nd place ($1,000) - Justin Dessert (Charles Bloom Secondary, Lumby, BC) Bridge weighed 916.14 grams and held 128.55 kg
  • 3rd place ($500) - Stefan Trajkov, Luiz Fernandez and Shafat Ismail (Red River College, Winnipeg, MB) Bridge weighed 999.36 grams and held 114.99 kg
  • 4th place ($100 GC to the 91̽ Bookstore) - Joshua Greencorn and Riley Jackson (Anchor Academy) Bridge weighed 564.85 grams and held 12.01 kg

2018 – 35th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

  • 1st place ($1,500) - Justin Dessert and Hanya Riddick (Charles Bloom Secondary, Lumby, BC) Bridge weighed 784.4 grams and held 223.61 kg
  • 2nd place ($1,000) - James Dessert (Charles Bloom Secondary, Lumby, BC) Bridge weighed 888.7 grams and held 159.39 kg
  • 3rd place ($500) - Keyvan Khadem, Gavin Saini, Ahmed Ramadan, Harvey Mann (91̽) Bridge weighed 999.2 grams and held 36.48 kg

2017 – 34th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

  • 1st place ($1,500) - Justin Dessert and Hanya Riddick (Charles Bloom Secondary, Lumby, BC) Bridge weighed 995.7grams and held 255.06 kg
  • 2nd place ($1,000) - James Dessert (Charles Bloom Secondary, Lumby, BC) Bridge weighed 835.6 grams and held 207.29 kg
  • 3rd place ($500) - Ephraim Nowak and Raphael Nowak (UBC Okanagan) Bridge weighed 911.4 grams and held 120.58 kg

2016 – 33rd Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

  • 1st place ($1,500) - Anna Offenwanger and Ephraim Nowak (UBC Okanagan) Bridge weighed 974.3 grams and held 184.3 kg
  • 2nd place ($1,000) - James Dessert (Grade 10, Charles Bloom Secondary, Lumby, BC) Bridge weighed 989.06 grams and held 128.3 kg

2015 – 32nd Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

  • 1st place ($1,500) - Adrian Schartner (Grade 7, home-schooled, Lumby, BC) Bridge weighed 982.6 grams and held 275.6 kg
  • 2nd place ($1,000) -Brendan Mattenley (Grade 10, Charles Bloom Secondary, Lumby, BC) Bridge weighed 989.7 grams and held 193.7 kg
  • 3rd place ($500) - James Dessert (Grade 9, Charles Bloom Secondary, Lumby, BC) Bridge weighed 909.9 grams and held 171.8 kg

2014 – 31st Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

  • 1st place ($1,500) - James Dessert (Charles Bloom Secondary, Lumby, BC) Bridge weighed 994.99 grams and held 112.58 kg
  • 2nd place ($1,000) - Glenn Watson, Shaun Bliss, Eric Chovancak (91̽) Bridge weighed 970.64 grams and held 70.92 kg
  • 3rd place ($500) - Brendan Mattenley (Charles bloom Secondary, Lumby, BC) Bridge weighed 962.44 grams and held 63.10 kg

2013 – 30th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

  • 1st place ($1,500) - Shawn Bliss, Aaron Watson, Cody Pointner, Erik Fountain and Glenn Watson (91̽) Bridge weighed 966.24 grams and held 195.99 kg
  • 2nd place ($1,000) - Christien Issler (Charles Bloom Secondary, Lumby, BC) Bridge weighed 987.91 grams and held 162.48 kg
  • 3rd place ($500) - Dean Omgren, Cody Warren, Ryan Blackburn and Cindal McCabe (91̽) Bridge weighed 858.81 grams and held 149.75 kg
  • 4th place ($100 91̽ Bookstore gift certificate) - Deryck Irmen, Leigh Huddart, Gina Major, Joshua Verhage and Matt Klassen (91̽) Bridge weighed 907.09 grams and held 65 kg
  • 5th place ($50 91̽ Bookstore gift certificate) - Andrew Brabandt, Darren Dyck, Jazz Aung and Jason Lotoski (91̽) Bridge weighed 812.7 kg and held 55.57 kg

2012 – 29th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

  • 1st place ($1,500) - Peter Sandor (College of Nyiregyhaza, Hungary) Bridge weighed 967.24 grams and held 384.09 kg
  • 2nd place ($1,000) - Jordan Hipkiss and Joel Peters (91̽) Bridge weighed 999.9 grams and held 129.13 kg
  • 3rd place ($500) - Clayton Mazu (Cherryville) Bridge weighed 999.5 grams and held 127.41 kg 
  • 4th place ($100 91̽ Bookstore gift certificate) - Rebecca Brooks and Sandy King (91̽) Bridge weighed 957.49 gams and held 81.75 kg

2011 – 28th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

  • 1st place ($1,500) - Johnathan Halbgwachs (Charles Bloom Scondary) Bridge weighed 965.6 grams and held 209.34 kg
  • 2nd place ($1,000) - Chad Marsh, Rajveer Dhillon, Cory Konkin, Tyler Weise (91̽) Bridge weighed 819.12 grams and held 160.15 kg
  • 3rd place ($500) - Peter Sandor (College of Nyiregyhaza, Hungary) Bridge weighed 974.8 grams and held 152.35 kg
  • 4th place (91̽ Bookstore gift certificate) - Patrick D'amour, Jeff Earl, Scott Juniper, Jarod Kawalle (91̽) Bridge weighed 974.35 grams and held 123.78 kg
  • 5th place (91̽ Bookstore gift certificate) - Sean Potter, Brad Heard, Colm Friar, Clint Bannister (91̽) Bridge weighed 935.55 gramd and held 109.65 kg

2010 – 27th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

  • 1st place ($1,500) - Roland Erdosi (College of Nyiregyhaza, Hungary) Bridge weighed 995.8 grams and held 255.63 kg
  • 2nd place ($1,000) - Mohammadvali Ashkan, Ghazaleh Omidvar, Ghazaleh Hosseini and Mohammad Mazaheri (ABA University, Iran) Bridge weighed 886.7 grams and held 184.3 kg
  • 3rd place ($500) - Sasha Podolchak, Justin Franz, Brad Wall & Spence Costigan (91̽, Kelowna) Bridge weighed 956.9 grams and held 68.43 kg 

2009 – 26th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

  • 1st place ($1,500) - Norbert Pozsonyi & Aliz Totivan (Szechenyi Istvan University of Gyor, Hungary) Bridge weighed 982 grams and held 443.58 kg
  • 2nd place ($1,000) - Brendon Syryda and Tyler Pearson (91̽) Bridge weighed 982 grams and held 98.71 kg

2008 – 25th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

  • 1st place ($1,500) - Bala'zs Botka (Budapest Polytechnic, Hungary) Bridge weighed 994.9 grams and held 352.62 kg
  • 2nd place ($1,000) - Norbert Pozsonyi & Aliz Totivan (Szechenyi Istvan University of Gyor, Hungary) Bridge weighed 1000 grams and held 350.67 kg
  • 3rd place ($500) - Szilard Markos (Budapest Polytechnic, Hungary) Bridge weighed 997.3 grams and held 310.75 kg

2007 – 24th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

  • 1st place ($1,500) - Bala’zs Botka and Sa’ndor Kurucz (Budapest Polytechnic, Hungary) Bridge held 255.7 kg
  • 2nd place ($1,000) - Clint Stibbard (KLO Middle School) Bridge held 12.15 kg

2006 – 23rd Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

  • 1st place ($1,500) - Varga Gyula Balazs (Budapest, Hungary) Bridge held 226.96 kg
  • 2nd place ($1,000) - Balazs Vida (Hungary) Bridge held 101.77 kg

2005 – 22nd Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

  • 1st place ($1,500) - Andras Koves (Budapest, Hungary) Bridge held 257.33 kg
  • 2nd place ($1,000) - Mark Woodward (Okanagan University College) Bridge held 229.96 kg
  • 3rd place ($500) - Balazs Miovacz (Budapest, Hungary) Bridge held 88.69 kg

2004 – 21st Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

  • 1st place ($1,500) - Matyas Kutyik (Budapest, Hungary). Bridge held 256.13 kg
  • 2nd place ($1,000) - Hamideh Abolghasemi Riseh (Tehran, Iran). Bridge held 19.17 kg
  • 3rd place ($500) - Richard Halley (Sicamous, BC). Bridge held 15.84 kg

2000 - 17th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

Twelfth World Open Heavyweight Contest

Bob Williams, who makes his living as pastor of a small church in Clyde, Alberta broke his own record for spaghetti bridge weight bearing with a structure that held just over 180 kilograms. His previous record was 175 kilograms set in 1988. The winning bridge weighed 742 grams.

  • 1st place ($1,000) - Bob Williams (Clyde, Alberta)
  • 2nd place ($300) - Lincoln Miller (Kelowna, BC)

1998 - 15th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

Eleventh World Open Heavyweight Contest

  • 1st place ($500) - Lincoln Miller (Kelowna, BC)
  • 2nd place ($25) - Bob Williams (Clyde, Alberta)
  • 3rd place ($150) - Winn Kemper (Lumby, BC)

1997 - 14th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

Tenth World Open Heavyweight Contest

  • 1st place ($500) - Ryan Meise (OUC, Enderby, BC)
  • 2nd place ($400) - Dorian Boswell (OUC, Vernon, BC)
  • 3rd place ($300) - Jason Brett (UBC, Penticton, BC)
  • 4th place ($200) - Nathan Chan (Vernon, BC)
  • 5th place ($100) - Ramen Jassi (Vernon, BC)
  • 6th place ($50) - Brent Neufeld (OUC, Kelowna, BC)

1996 - 13th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

Ninth Open World Heavyweight Contest

This year featured a complete overhaul of Heavyweight rules. The contest became a time-limited, "build on site" competition, to encourage more student entries. Materials were supplied by OUC (eliminating 'homemade' or imported pastas), and required all builders to face the same building and material conditions.

Lincoln Miller gained the top "World Open Heavyweight" contest prize of $500 from the Applied Science Technicians and Technologists of BC for putting together a bridge that took a load of 50 kilos (110 pounds), in five hours of building time. Winning for the third time in eight years, Miller also won a flight for two from Canadian Regional Airlines.

A bridge by defending champion, Bob Williams of Clyde, Alberta, was disqualified for excess weight. When tested, his bridge failed under a 10 kilo load.

OUC Physics students Dorian Boswell and Ryan Meise finished second and third, respectively. Boswell's bridge went out under a 45 kilo load, while Meise was eliminated when his bridge crashed under a load of 24 kilos.

1995 – 12th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

Eighth World Open Heavyweight Contest

An attempt on the 1993 Heavyweight record load fell short. Record holder Bob Williams of Lumby, BC, missed a chance to surpass his 1993 mark of 176 kilos (388 pounds) at the climax of the event. Defending heavyweight champion Lincoln Miller, who won in 1994 at a load of 131.7 kilos (290 pounds), this year fell to second place. Miller's 1995 entry failed at 119 kg. (262 pounds), leaving Williams' bridge the sole survivor. Williams asked to challenge his existing record. Loaded with 200 kilos (440 pounds), Williams "Flex X" bridge splintered.

Another Lumby, BC contestant, Winn Kemper, finished in third place with a load of 99.4 kg (219 pounds). OUC Civil Engineering student Casidy Noble finished in fourth place and had the best student entry.

"We all wanted Bob to have the chance at his 1993 mark, but the jump from 120 kg to 200 is huge," said Garry Gaudet, one of several contest organizers. "The bridge did hold the weight for just a second, but then that awful tearing sound came and it crumbled."

The Heavyweight division had twelve entries. In this division, bridges weighing no more than 750 grams are subjected to increasing loads until just one bridge remains.

1994 - 11th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

Seventh World Open Heavyweight Contest

A shocker, as defending champion Bob Williams was defeated by former champion Lincoln Miller. Williams' bridge failed at Miller's winning load of 131.7 kilograms. The good news for Williams - his 1993 record still stood, as contest officials chose not to test the winning bridge under greater loads. The World Open has now had two wins each by Miller, Jennens and Williams, with a tie declared between Jennens and Miller in 1988. Sponsorship as in 1993. Sandman Hotels also contributed a Weekend package for two for first prize in the Heavyweight division.

1993 - 10th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

Sixth World Open Heavyweight Contest

Bob Williams of Lumby, near Vernon, repeated his feat of '92, with a 741 g. bridge taking a record load of 176 k. (388.2 lb).

1992 - 9th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

Fifth World Open Heavyweight Contest

Ripley's "Believe it or Not" became a co-sponsor after running an international cartoon on the contest (420 newspapers, 17 languages around the world). Ripley's bought previous OUC heavyweight winning bridges for their museums in Mexico City, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Yarmouth, England.

A stunning upset occured, with Bob Williams, a Lumby pastor, inventor and school bus driver entering two bridges. His best bridge, at a mass of 745.3 grams, held a 173.5 kg load (382 lb), while his second-best failed at that level after holding 159 kg. His success partly came form partially cooking and stretching some strands, and from adopting the popular "most functional" underslung configuration.

1991 – 8th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

Fourth World Open Heavyweight Contest

Twenty-six heavyweight bridges were entered. After nine rounds, Colin Reece and Lincoln Miller bridges failed (103 kg./226.6 lb). Both given credit for their best weight held, 92 kg. Rick Jennens asked for permission to challenge his own existing record with one extra load and successfully supported load of 124.4 kg (274 lb).

1990 – 7th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

Third World Open Heavyweight Contest

Thirty-five heavyweight bridges were entered. The contest went 12 rounds. Rick Jennens defeated Colin Reece at 100 kg. Jennens' 747 gram bridge survived a load of 120 kg (264 lb) for a new record. Reece credited with second place at 91 kg (200 lb).

1989 – 6th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

Second World Open Heavyweight Contest

U-bolt loading platforms introduced to overcome the problem of hooks unable to bear loads of more than 100 lb (47 kilograms). Four heavyweights including two entries by Rick Jennens survived loads of 200 pounds. First place was awarded to Lincoln Miller (supported 113.9 kg; 252 lb. load; bridge mass 719.4 g).

1988 – 5th Annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition

First World Open Heavyweight Contest

The first World Open Heavyweight Bridge Contest was sponsored by ASTTBC and Canadian Airlines. The mass of the bridge was limited to 750 grams, including loading hardware. Loads were applied for 10 seconds in discrete increments. 27 bridges were entered and tested.

At 47.2 kg (104 pounds) the loading hooks bent straight, making further loading impossible. A first place tie was declared between Rick Jennens and Lincoln Miller. The "Spectacular World of Guinness TV Records" (David Frost) from Los Angeles made a feature on the contest, seen world-wide over the next two years.