71st Annual Pinewood Derby held in Farmville

FARMVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – The 71st annual Pinewood Derby was held here in the east.

There is nothing like a good old-fashioned Pinewood Derby and it came back this year with an electric group of competitors.

“It’s something they can do with their parents to create craftsmanship, sportsmanship, and something they can learn and put their hands on, and learn about wood,” Central District Pinewood Derby Chairman Todd Smith said.

With Farmville Pack 25 being the host Saturday, district chairman Brad Wilkinson says it was a jam-packed day of fun.

“A lot of community involvement, a lot of sponsors, a lot of companies who donated for a raffle, and a lot of events for the kids to do when they are not racing,” Wilkinson said.

Going in rounds by rank starting with the Lions and ending with the Arrow of Light, scouts competed in multiple heats until a champion emerged.

“It feels very very good”, Pack 39 Bear Den John Jones said after winning the derby.

According to Wilkinson, there’s a lot that goes into making a car including weight distribution, friction, and angles. Depending on how intricate the car is, it could range from taking a couple of hours to a couple of weeks.

This derby also put an end to a 65-year-long competition between Farmville Mayor John Moore and Commissioner Bert Smith, with Moore claiming the win.

“John and I were Cub Scouts together and in 1960,” Smith said. “We had a race and I won and so he challenged me to a rematch today.”

Smith says he does the derby in honor of John Crawfoot, a man who was a staple at the derby.

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