By Shane Rogers
Editor’s note: Shane Rogers served as a guest judge for the category of Best Car in Show.
Fields United Methodist Church was turned into a raceway Saturday as North Ridgeville Cub Scout Pack 140 took it over for its pinewood derby.
Consisting of 27 cars from 25 scouts and two sibling cars, the field was flush with sleek, colorful and speedy blocks of wood that had been labored over with time and love to make them into speed machines.
“The Boy Scout motto is ‘Do your best,’” said Ted Bradley, Cub master. “(The pinewood derby) is a healthy competition and reinforces the ‘Do your best’ motto and allows them to compete.”
Amid pizza, refreshments, songs, dancing and general tomfoolery, over 70 heats were held where the Scouts, grades one through five, were all pitted against each other to determine the winners. Trophies were awarded to the top three in each den of the pack, the first three Scouts overall, the top finishers in an open division and the Best Car in Show, which was chosen by three celebrity judges: Mayor Dave Gillock, Dawn Fitz, a member of the Lions Club, and a representative from the North Ridgeville Press.
“I think it was important to represent the Lions Club,” said Fitz, who was a Girl Scout when she was younger, “And I think it’s a great event.”
As the derby came to a close Saturday afternoon, each of the wining scouts were called up on stage to accept their trophies. The winners are as follows:
Best Car in Show
Tiger Den (1st-graders)
Wolf Den (2nd-graders)
Bear Den (3rd-graders)
Webelos 1 Den (4th-graders)
Webelos 2 Den (5th-graders)
(parents and siblings of Cub Scouts)