The 2015 Pinewood Derby Races kicked off Saturday morning at State Fair Community College in Boonville, allowing local cub scouts to test their skills in how well they constructed a pine wood racing car in an annual tradition.

The 2015 Pinewood Derby Races kicked off Saturday morning at State Fair Community College in Boonville, allowing local cub scouts to test their skills in how well they constructed a pine wood racing car in an annual tradition.
Troop 70 (22 participating scouts) gathered at 9 a.m., with cars in hand. Cars were decorated in very different styles. From single color to an elaborate police car, cars were of all shapes and sizes. But, the question remained — which car would go the furtherest and fastest. The winning scouts would be rewarded with different trophies.
While the event is centered around the derby, raffles were also being taken to help raise money for the local scouts.
"Several boy scouts, who are experts with this, have come to assist us," Cub Scout Leader Ray Wright said.
To make these cars, scouts cannot just go out and purchase their own wood.
"The boy scouts have official blocks that they sell. The kids will get these blocks whereas the kids will shave them themselves or with help from their parents. Then the kids will paint and design them," Wright said.
Once the scouts have this done, it is time to test their piece of art. Wright said it is challenging for the first couple years.
"Some go home disappointed while others go home not so disappointed. They all learn from this," Wright said.
Scouts who earn first, second or third place get to participate in districts, which is much more difficult than competing within the community.
"I am very pleased with the turnout," Wright said.
Wright also said State Fair Community College saved the event by allowing the scouts to use their facility.
"The most important thing the cub scouts learn is how to work as a team and to a goal. Each one of the dens has a set of goals. It develops them to become independent," he ended.