On Saturday, Cub Scouts from across the county gathered in Marshall for pinewood racing, and the boys were also joined by “celebrity” guests from the county who engaged in a race of their own.
Brent Angles, a den leader and pack and county Pinewood Derby chairman, said that while the boys have their derby each year, this was the first year for the celebrity guests, and it was a way to draw in more community members.
Those who came and raced were J.D. Wagoner, Tom Horst, Marty Sonner, Ben Gullette, Nick Thompson, Ryan Priest, Donnie Barrera, Amanda Vance, Cathy Chaney, Rick Wilkin, and Ken Chaney (racing for Doug Farber).
Horst “swept” the race, Angles said, with Sonner coming in second and Gullette third.
Angles said he hopes to be able to make the community involvement part of the annual derby.
Cub Scouts make their cars each year for the derby, and this project, Angles said, is one which the boys do with their parents.
“Pinewood time is the biggest event there is to the boys. It’s huge,” Angles said.
In the Tiger Den, comprised of first graders, the winners were: first place, Blaine Sauber; second place, Logan Zurface; and third place Austin Richards.
In the Wolf Den, comprised of second graders, the winners were: first place, Logan McCoppin; second place, Ty Hottinger; and third place, Wesey McCoppin.
In the Bear Den, comprised of third graders, the winners were: first place, Lex Angles; second place, Tristan Stacy; and third place, Alex Wilkin.
And the Weeblo winners were: first place, Sawyer Knedler; second place, Joshua Brown; and third place, David McQuire.
The overall winners were: first place, Lex Angles; second place, Ty Hottinger; and third place, David McQuire.
In the Outlaw Class, which includes dads, moms, siblings, and anyone from the community, the first-place winner was Jim Fields (who set a new track record). Second place went to Tim Bogard and third place to Lex Angles.
This class, Angles said, carries only the 5-ounce weight requirement, but anything else goes. He said half of the top ten finishers in this class were Cub Scouts, who have many more requirements on their cars. He said that showed him that the boys and their parents are “building some good cars.” There were 43 entries in this class Saturday.
The Cub Scouts also made and painted the celebrity cars, each one the general “wedge” car.
Angles said its tough on the kids when they don’t win, and the races are not only a chance for the boys to race their cars and have some fun doing it, but it’s also an exercise in good sportsmanship because there are always winners and always losers.
The boys will get a chance to race again in the near future at the district derby held in Beaver.
“It was something else,” Angles said with a laugh, adding that everyone involved, including the boys, had a blast at the old Marshall gym Saturday.
Angela Shepherd can be reached at 937-393-3456 or on Twitter @ashepherdHTG.