July 1st our annual Nutcracker Day at the museum, a day
dedicated to that useful tool which has helped for centuries to provide food
for the human race.
In addition to other activities for this day, the Nutcracker Museum held its first contest for students to create a working nutcracker---a utensil that would open the hard shell of a hazelnut. Instructions stated that design must be the student’s own, using his or her own imagination and creativity. Any help from parent or other adult in construction was to be written in detail so judges could take this into consideration.
Judges were Bill Wells, board member of the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, Nancy Smith, Executive Director of the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce, and John Ressler, retired school teacher. It was difficult for them to pick the best, but after much deliberation, these nut cracking devices were selected as the winners of the kid's nutcracker making contest:
First Place - Grades 1 through 6
The nut is placed under the dowel in a pit on the base, then is cracked when the stone hammer strikes the top of the dowel.
Second Place ~ Grades 1 through 6
Kaia Tande, Eliza Tveton, Naomi Tveton
A rock is tied between two sticks which are fastened to a hinge. This forms a lever which will drop the rock onto the nut.
First Place ~ Grades 7 though 9
The nut is cracked between two pieces of petrified wood when the pressure from the spring is released.
Second Place ~ Grades 7 through 9
Estefaney Vazquez, Karina Alejandre
The nut is placed in a recessed circle on the large block and is cracked as the smaller block slides down the dowels.
First Place ~ Grades 10 through 12
James Young, Luke Hafermann
A very creative nutcracker! The sloth, with weighted head, slides down the tree trunk cracking the hard shell of the nut.
Second Place ~ Grades 10 through 12
The eagle head and neck is lifted and nut is placed inside the hole carved in the body. Striking the head will then crack the nut.
Really great, aren’t they? Everyone present was very impressed with all sixteen entries and are already looking forward to the 2nd Annual Kids Nutcracker Making Contest next year. So students---start thinking about a creative way for opening that hard shell of a hazelnut.
Federal ID #91-2143303
A Non-Profit 501(c)3 Organization
735 Front Street
P.O. Box 2212
Leavenworth, WA 98826
Open 7 Days a Week
1:00PM - 5:00PM
"To foster and encourage the interest of the general public of the importance of nuts in the diets of humans throughout history and in the evolution of the nutcracker. No other tool or collectible has shown such a wide diversity of material and design as the implements used to crack the hard shell of a nut"
Adults - $5.00 (Ages 17 - 64yrs)
Seniors - $3.50 (Age 65yrs +)
Youth - $2.00 (Ages 6 - 16yrs)
Child - FREE (Ages 0 - 5yrs)
Military & Families - FREE