In the mood for Rube? Peddler’s Village 50th Anniversary Rube Goldberg Challenge

On Saturday, July 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m, Peddler’s Village will be hosting the 1st annual Rube Goldberg Challenge in honor of its 50th anniversary and late founder Earl Jamison who loved Rube Goldberg machines.

So what exactly is a Rube Goldberg Machine?

Reuben “Rube” Goldberg (1883-1970) was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor and author best known for his comical cartoons parodying complicated machines that accomplish a simple task in many convoluted steps.

The task for the Peddler’s Village Rube Goldberg Challenge is to blow up and pop a non-inflated balloon in 20 or more steps. Entries are submitted in three categories: college, high school and friends & family, competing for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards with special awards including Best Steps, Theme Machine and a People’s Choice award. For more information, visit:

In addition, you can currently check out a special machine, created by Guinness World Record holders Zach Umperovitch and Alex Weaver, to take visitors on a journey through a year of events & festivals at Peddler’s Village. Check out the impressive video below!  The Purdue University team’s 2011 Guinness Book World Record winning machine is on display in Giggleberry Fair and a national competition machine in the Peddler’s Village 50th Anniversary shop.

Philadelphia television personality Don Polec will make special guest appearances as celebrity judges for the competition. Plus, the public can vote for favorite machines in the People’s Choice category. Admission is free and the rain date is Sunday, July 15.

The 50th Anniversary Rube Goldberg machine is currently on display on the Peddler’s Village Main Green through August at the below times:

Monday-Friday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. running continuously

Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. running continuously.