Boy’s Campbell Lego creation earns State Fair blue ribbon

October 20, 2011 | 13 Comments

Boy’s Campbell Lego creation earns State Fair blue ribbon


RALEIGH - When 7-year-old Pete Wallace met Campbell’s fighting camel mascot Gaylord for the first time, he became an instant fan.

And he became inspired.

A skilled Lego architect in his own right, Pete presented his father - Campbell Fine Arts Professor E. Bert Wallace - a Lego replica of Gaylord, dressed in the University’s signature orange. Upon dad’s suggestion, Pete entered his creation (with an added football field base and goal post background) in the North Carolina State Fair’s “Handicrafts and Hobbies” competition, in the North Carolina-themed model category.

And he won.

Pete’s Gaylord model received the Fair’s blue ribbon in the 9-and-under division, and it’s currently on display through Oct. 23, the final day of the annual 11-day event at the Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

His dad said the idea - and the execution - was all Pete’s.

“He loves talking about Campbell, and he’s very supportive of me,” Bert Wallace said while looking at pictures of the camel and the ribbon with his son on his laptop Wednesday. “And he loves Gaylord … so this was all done purely out of him being inspired after meeting Gaylord at the (campus) Street Fair.”

Pete said he started with the feet and built his way up, using most of his orange Legos in the process (he’d use all of this green ones for the field later). The recipient of a “participant’s ribbon” in the Lego competition a year before, Pete said he didn’t expect to win this time around.

“There were a lot of neat ones there already,” he said, recalling the day they dropped off his entry. “I just hoped I would win.”

Pete says after he graduates from Campbell University sometime between 2026 and 2027, he hopes to move to Billund, Denmark, home of Lego Corp’s world headquarters to … what else? … design Lego toys.


Story: Billy Liggett, Assistant Director for Publications

Photo: Submitted by E. Bert Wallace


Fabulous!  I am proud that Campbell was his inspiration too.

By Alicia H. on October 24, 2011 - 10:27pm

Way to go, Peter!!!

By Meredith Williams on October 24, 2011 - 2:07pm

Congratulations Peter! All of us in the theatre department are so proud and in awe of your talents! Keep up the good work and we can’t wait to see future creations.
-Kaley M.

By Kaley Morrison on October 23, 2011 - 12:42pm

Way to go Peter!  I would love for you to come to the library and share your Lego art with us.  I am so proud of you!

By Miss Angela on October 22, 2011 - 10:11pm

Congratulations. I was at the State Fair last night—wish I would have read this sooner so I could have gone and saw it. Looks neat! :)

By Charis Cava on October 22, 2011 - 12:37pm

We are so proud of you and can’t wait to see Gaylord in person.

By Aunt KiKi, Uncle Dan, Daniel and Caitlin on October 21, 2011 - 8:21pm

Congratulations Peter Wallace!  You are such a talented young man.  Mrs. Dye

By Mrs. Dye on October 21, 2011 - 11:59am

Congratulations on an outstanding execution of a very fine idea Master Wallace.  I see a very fine future ahead of you - whether it be with Lego or with your own engineering firm - building is certainly in your future!

By Peggy Mason on October 21, 2011 - 9:34am

Congratulations, Peter!  Beth is very excited for you!

By Cathy Cowling on October 21, 2011 - 8:53am

Congratulations, Peter!  I hope it gets displayed at Campbell!

By Vicki Crowell on October 21, 2011 - 7:59am

What a thrill it is for us to have such a talented grandson.  Three cheers for Peter!!!

By Pam and Bill Beck aka Gran and Grandad on October 20, 2011 - 11:47pm

That Peter is one awesome kid!

By Monica on October 20, 2011 - 6:55pm

Outstanding!  My daughters should hang with such remarkable young people.

By Bret Self on October 20, 2011 - 6:11pm

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