What says fa­ther-son to­geth­er­ness bet­ter than Pinewood Derby?

Cherokee County Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By Terry Dean

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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