First Posted: 3/17/2014
Each Pinewood Derby contestant begins with a kit consisting of a rectangular block of wood, two nails and two tires, and with a little help from an adult, the sky’s the limit, so to speak.
Some of the kids’ designs include skateboards, trucks or race cars.
The annual derby event was held March 15 at the Dalton United Methodist Church and organized by Boy Scout Troop 175, a regional pack from the Lackawanna Trail Elementary School.
“They (the kids) work with a parent to design whatever they want,” event co-organizer, Tracy Wescott, said. “They work with the parents to cut the car into whatever shape they want. Then they paint, assemble and run it.”
Trophies were awarded to kids who placed first through fifth, with additional trophies for the most aerodynamic, most patriotic, most race car like, best looking, most scoutlike,most futuristic and most unusual.
The first-place prize went to Nathan Sawkulich; second place to Keith Dixon; third place to Jacob Perez; fourth place to Peter West and fifth place to Danny Demora.
The top three finishers of the adult race or non-cub scouts were: Teagan Vokes (first place), Thomas Vokes (second place); Devon Clarke (third place).
Category winners for the cub scouts
Most Futuristic: Ty Stroble
Most Scoutlike: Michael Kanuik
Most Unusual: Ryan Semon
Most Patriotic: Ty Vokes
Most Aerodynamic: Nathan Wescott
Best Looking: Matthew Schirg
Most Like a Race Car: Danny Demora
Slowest car: Eric VanLuvanee