“Cherry & Spoon” Wins Red Bull Flugtag in St. Paul [WATCH]
Red Bull's flugtag event returned to St. Paul's Harriet Island over the weekend -- it's first time back since 2010.
Distance may have been short this year, but hopes and excitement were high as 38 teams -- mostly Minnesotan, though a few from SD, ND, IL and KY -- competed.
This year's first-place team -- Spooner's Revenge from Minneapolis -- was also the second-place team last time Red Bull's Flugtag event came through St. Paul.
"We're all together -- the same team that did it nearly a decade ago," they said in an interview. "We were a little demoralized getting second, but we came back and really pulled it out of the nosedive this year!"
Their flying contraption -- which was inspired by the iconic Spoon & Cherry sculpture -- sailed 54 feet -- a far cry from the record of 250 feet set in California in 2013 but enough to get them this year's win.
The second-place team was named Ferris Bueller's Take Off from St. Paul, followed by Flying POS in third place from Schaumburg, Ill.
Flugtag means "Flying Day" in German. The event -- held annually for the past 35 years -- takes place in different cities around the world. Teams create human-powered flying contraptions that are judged according to distance, creativity and showmanship.
Watch a highlight video of this past weekend's event below: