The Blue Building at City-County Park has been used for many events from family reunions to wrestling. But on Saturday, it was transformed into the “Blue Building Speedway” as 47 Cub Scouts from Pack 45 hit the track for their annual pinewood-derby event.
In a pinewood derby, “drivers” cannot offer excuses about tire pressures, blown engines or another driver wrecking in front of them; it all comes down to each car’s preparation, and, of course, gravity.
But more importantly for the members of Pack 45, it was a chance to have fun.
Pinewood committee co-chair and Tiger den leader Darrell Jordan said because the cars have to be put together from a kit, it turns out to be a family event.
“The biggest part of the work on the car is the cutting,” Jordan said. “The kids can’t really do most of that, so the parents get involved.”
Jordan added that the event teaches scouts good sportsmanship and gives them a sense of personal achievement.