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Bridge Bust 2023

bridge at night with lights and dark blue sky
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Parkview Christian Academy - Lower Campus
Event Fee

Registration extended to Dec. 20 | Space is limited

Join us for the 9th 4-H BRIDGE BUST

Test Your Engineering & Design Skills

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023, for the 9th 4-H Bridge Busting Competition. This hands-on, challenging program tests bridge-building prowess, and encourages math, engineering, design, & teamwork skills. Watch our video to see how it works. Here's how you can join the fun:

  1. Put together a team
  2. Sign up online
  3. Pick up your kit
  4. Check out a workshop
  5. Plan & build a bridge
  6. Participate on Bust Day
  7. Win cool stuff

Ways to Participate:

  • Youth Competition Teams (all team members must be ages 10 and up)
  • Family Competition Teams (including adults and youth ages 5 and up)
  • School Competition teams (5th to 12th grades)

You will register once as a team (not as individuals). Teams must have at least two members. Cost is $40 per team.

In December, following registration and payment, you will receive information for Bridge Bust Contest Packet Pick-Up for Jan. 4-6, 2023. Packets include: contest rules, general information about bridge busting and project supplies. On the day of competition, bridges will be judged on their structural efficiency and aesthetics (see packet for details).  

The competition will run approximately from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023 at Parkview Christian Academy, 201 W. Center Street, Yorkville IL 60560.

Tentative schedule on Bridge Bust Day: (times are approximate and depend on number of participants and time needed to bust bridges)

  • Team check-in begins | 9 a.m.
  • Bridge breaking begins | 10:30 a.m. 
  • Awards ceremony | 12 p.m.

For any questions, contact 4-H Program Coordinator Katie McFarland at (630) 553-5823 or

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact your local University of Illinois Extension office or event coordinator. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.