Seven high school teams will compete this weekend in Menomonie to see how far their specially designed vehicles can travel on a gallon of gas.
The annual Supermileage Challenge, put on by the University of Wisconsin-Stout Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association, will be held Friday and Saturday, April 19-20, at the Dunn County Fairgrounds.
Teams scheduled to compete are from Baldwin-Woodville, Black River Falls, Bowler, Cadott, Medford, La Crosse and Sauk Prairie.
Vehicles will be judged from 5-5:45 p.m. Friday at the ice arena followed by public viewing of the vehicles from 5:50-6:30 p.m.
The competition runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds.
UW-Stout students in TEECA organize and host the event. The event director is Jon Hiebl, of Edgar, TEECA president.
The cars made by the teams typically get 100 to 400 miles per gallon, Hiebl said, depending on the class. There are four engine classes, Briggs and Stratton; modified; unlimited; and open stock.
Proceeds from food and beverage stands will be used for the 2014 event.
Local sponsors of the competition include Cut Rite Meats, DKS Construction, Fleet Feet and Tractor Central.
UW-Stout offers undergraduate programs in technology education and in technology and science education. For more information, go to the School of Education.