All suited up, with their cars in place, and the scoreboard ready, the Boy Scouts raced handmade cars Saturday.
In the annual 'Scout O Rama,' scouts watched their pinewood derby cars fly. Boys and their families crowded around a racetrack set up in the Rushmore Mall. Shouts could be heard as boys were cheering their creations to the finish line.
Kim Johnson, Boys Scouts spokesman, says several hundred scouts came out to join the fun. While it is meant to be fun, Johnson says the boys learn life lessons as well. "They're learning how to deal with the public, dealing with other people, good sportsmanship, showmanship, being proud of what they've done," said Johnson. "They're very proud to be scouts. You'll see that they're in their uniform proud of our program."
Cole Smith, Pac 54, says he worked on his car for a whole day. "I just think they have fun because it's a good sport to do, and it's fun to build a car with your family," said Smith.
The cars competing had already won at other races, so the winners Saturday are the best of the best.