Pedals to the metal (copy)

Anthony Bowman, education outreach coordinator and curator of "Pedal Power!" sets up a 1959 Hot-Rod pedal car in the new exhibit at the McLean County Museum of History opening a two-year run Saturday.

"Pedal Power!" is about to give the McLean County Museum of History some very good mileage.

The exhibit of more than four dozen restored vintage pedal cars from the noted collection of Bruce Callis is gearing up for a two-year run, through the spring of 2020.

The long haul gets a big kick-off from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, with the public opening of "Pedal Power!"

The free celebration starts at 10 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the third-floor gallery housing the exhibit (the Dolan-Behr Gallery, to be precise).

At 11 a.m., one floor down in the Gov. Fifer Courtroom, Anthony Bowman, exhibit curator, will offer a presentation on the Callis collection.

Throughout the opening, there will be an array of family friendly activities with a pedal car theme.

The Children's Discovery Museum from Normal will be on hand to help participants build (and race) mini-LEGO automobiles. Also on hand will be artists from Bloomington's Meltdown Creative Works to screen-print exclusive "Pedal Power!" T-shirts, with the first 30 guests receiving a complimentary voucher for a shirt to print.

Or BYO garment to print for $10; additional garments will be available for purchase during the event.

Refreshments will also be served throughout the day

All exhibit galleries will be open and free until 5 p.m., courtesy of support from event sponsor State Farm.


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