Day at the races

TORRINGTON – Cub Scout Pack 26 held their annual Pinewood Derby at the First Wyoming United Presbyterian Church in Torrington on Saturday, Jan. 16.

Pack 26 consists of both boys and girls and is for kids who are in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The event was much smaller than what would happen in a normal year thanks to the pandemic, but the kids were all eager for race day.

“The event wasn’t as big as it normally would be,” Cub Master Billy Norton said. “We normally invite the community out to get involved, but we had to cut back to just the pack this year due to the pandemic.”

Despite missing some events this year due to the pandemic, Norton said the scouts have still been able to hold their rank advancement ceremonies and host their weekly meetings.

The rules for the Pinewood Derby are that the car can’t weigh more than five ounces, the dimensions have to fit the track and no power tools are allowed. Norton said the majority of the work on the cars is done by the scouts.

Every scout who raced received a Pinewood Derby patch for their uniform and received an award. The awards were given out for various accomplishments like best paint job, best sportsmanship and best design.

Siblings Fawn, Leyton and Nealani Griebe took home first, second and third place, respectively, on the day, making it a clean sweep for the Griebe family.


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