Pinewood derby to raise money for Boy Scouts

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo El Llano Grande District Commissioner Gene Weber and his granddaughters Autumn Weber, left, and Trysten Weber play with Pinewood Derby cars outside the Scout Center on Norris Street in preparation for Saturday’s event.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

The Pinewood Derby scheduled for Saturday is for adults this time.

The Conquistador Council Boy Scouts are hosting the fundraiser, which will benefit Boy Scout troops in the area, according to El Llano Grande District Executive Frank Cordova.

The event is open to the public.

Cordova said most parents whose children race cars in the Boy Scout’s traditional Pinewood Derby did it when they were kids.

“We thought it would be neat for adults who have kids who do it to able to do it for themselves,” Cordova said. “Adults get very serious. This may revitalize memories of the past.”

The event includes races in two categories. Cars can be built with no limits on weight or design, but built high enough to clear track guides, in the unlimited category. Cars entered in the traditional category must meet the design limits for weight.

Cordova said the event is intended to help raise awareness of scouting in the area.

“We want to get people excited about scouting,” Cordova said.

Cheryle Csakan of Clovis has been volunteering with the area’s troops for 16 years. She is helping set up the event.

“So many of those dads and moms that are all gung-ho to get those cars done and they wish they could do it themselves,” Csakan said. “Sometimes I’m not sure the kids are as excited as the adults.”

Csakan said she hopes the event will create awareness for the program.

“Sometimes we’re not as visible as we would like to think that we are,” she said. “Getting some visibility is all of our hopes.”

Interested derby participants can pre-register by contacting Cordova at 575-825-0135 and registrations will be taken at the door. Cordova said they are asking for a $50 donation to enter the event.