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Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race
2014 Race Report: Swan Song of Betsy Patterson



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Swan Song of Betsy Patterson

The Swan Song of Betsy Patterson commemorated the life of Betsy Patterson Bonaparte, whose family named the site of the race’s sand and mud challenges.

The swan was lightning-fast through the racecourse

2014 was Tony Walker & Co.’s eighth Kinetic event:

The Swan balked at the start of the mud as its feathers were soiled.

As bribes, they distributed invitations for the wedding of Betsy Patterson to Jérôme Bonaparte (brother of Emperor Napoleon). The wedding was held at the water entry, but an annullment was conducted immediately after they left the water.

For their turn-of-the-century costumes hand-made from original patterns, they won Best Costumes.


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  1. Tick Tock The Croc
  2. Fire & Phoenix
  3. Cornography
  4. Sweet Wynona Whale
  5. Good Dog & the Big Itchy Flea Circus
  6. Toyboxers
  7. AMS Swagon and AMS Peacock
  8. PLATYPUS LOST
  9. Doodle
  10. Chessie
  1. Agogosaurus
  2. PETS
  3. The Most Amazing Dog Park Ever!
  4. The Astral Plane
  5. Max’s Rat Patrol
  6. Six Sculptures from Jemicy School
  7. Swan Song of Betsy Patterson
  8. Halo
  9. Team 1-Up
  1. Sticky Situation
  2. Do You Want To Build a Sculpture
  3. Minecraft Machine
  4. Name Your Game
  5. AVAM’s Homecoming Queen Fifi & Bumpo Learns to Drive
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