What says father-son togetherness better than Pinewood Derby?
Several months of building, painting, designing, choosing various logos and other various touches paid off for local Boy Scouts as they recently participated in one of the largest Pinewood Derbys in local history.
The gymnasium of Centre First United Methodist Church was the setting for this year’s event which happened to be the same weekend as the Kentucky Derby. While other Americans had their eyes on the horses, local fathers and sons (and moms too), filled the room to keep tabs on who had the fastest times and most original vehicles.
Local Scout Leader Ed Allen
Timekeepers mark down the best times among 29 contestants during the Pinewood Derby sponsored by local Boy Scouts.
said this year’s event drew 29 contestants.
“This is a wonderful turnout,” said Allen. “I know there has been a lot of work that has been put into these cars.”
“We just want kids to have a good experience, to understand it is not all about who wins, but it is about how much fun we had building the cars and how much fun we had running the cars,” said Allen.
Sid Garrett said he and his son, Grant, who is 8, are continuing a tradition he enjoyed with his own father, an experience he never forgot.
“I vividly remember as a child building a car with my father and I still have it,” said Garrett. “And that was very special to me. You saw the kids and how they reacted and how the parents reacted. It is a big deal. When we were growing up, we didn’t have all the bells and whistles they have now as far as the computers and games and things like that.”
“I got to spend some time with my son, Grant, some quality time, honing a skill that we are not used to like we did years ago,” said Garrett. “Obviously he didn’t do a lot of the sawing and things at his age but he certainly did his fair share of painting and sanding and his thoughts and ideas. It was his theme when we built our car. It was his complete theme.”
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