First- through fifth-grade boys from La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties competed in the Cub Scouts’ district-level pinewood derby on Saturday in the garden center of the Peru WalMart.
Each of the boys — with the help of their families — prepared a car from a kit they were given that included a block of wood, four tires and four nails.
It isn’t easy to come out on top, according to district training chairman Laurence Johnson of rural Princeton, who said the cars do not consistently race at the same speed. So a boy could advance in one race only to come up slower than before in the next round.
Each pack hosts their own pinewood derby, Johnson said, but those results don’t carry over to the district competition.
“They come here and start from scratch,” he said.
After a winner from each grade level was determined, the top cars were pitted against each other.
“Normally we wouldn’t do this race, because the boys already know that they won,” Johnson told the spectators. “But it’s you parents that want to know who’s really the best,” he added with a hint of a smile.
The three boys with the fastest cars took home two trophies: one for their grade-level and one from the grand championship round.
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