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Underhill kids compete in zucchini race

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UNDERHILL, Vt. -

It's a vegetable that can grow up to 3-feet long. And Thursday, students in Underhill were racing around the school yard with them.

The Great Zucchini Relay Race is part of the Underhill Central School's Harvest Celebration. Every year, the kids, parents and staff plant a school garden in the spring, tend to it during the summer and harvest it in the fall. Thursday, the kids celebrated all their hard work, merging healthy eating with physical activity as they passed the enormous zucchinis to teammates for the win.

"We teach nutrition and fitness hand-in-hand. So, we came up with the idea of the Great Zucchini Relay and growing the biggest zucchini we could and bringing the whole school together in a community event," said Amanda Cowan, a PE teacher at Underhill Central School.

"It's one of the main veggies in our garden and it grows really, really big," said Abby Effron, a fourth-grader.

"You just want to see how many laps you can do," said Gabe Baron, a fourth-grader. "It got heavy once you've gone around a couple times."

The kids worked up an appetite and after the race, they feasted on all the veggies from the school's garden... zucchini included, of course.

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