Engines roared . . . fans cheered and everyone had a great time! It was not NASCAR! This exciting and high speed race was the annual Pinewood Derby where with the help of parents, scouts in Troop 817 built their cars from kits containing a block of pine, plastic wheels and metal axles, then raced them down a 25-foot track. The overall winner in the pack competition was Wyatt Woodland. Second place went to Dallen Forsyth and Luke Wilkes took home the 3rd place trophy. Dallen Forsyth placed first among the Webelos in den competition. Wyatt Woodland won in the Bear Den and Shane Simkins (wow, can this boy scream!!!) was the top dog in the Wolf Den. Zachary Gierisch placed first among the scouts who competed. McKay Goldhardt was recognized for his "most unique car" then crossed the finish line first in the classic car race and Ian Anderson was first in the family car race. In non-competition events, Tanner Nielson will compete at the Scout Expo on Saturday, April 10 for "best in show." Also at the Expo, Stephen Larson will represent Cub Scouts all over the region as a flag bearer in the "first time, extra special" Grand American Parade. Stephen will also receive a BSA 100-year anniversary commemorative neckerchief for selling the most Expo tickets.
The pinewood derby was selected by Reader's Digest as part of "America's 100 Best" in 2006 as "a celebrated rite of spring."