It was more than just racing and cheers of excitement filling McKinley Elementary School Jan. 26.
A bond was building between the community and members of Cub Scout Pack 508, which has been in Ham Lake since 1966.
The event was the second annual FundRacer, where the Scouts open their Pinewood Derby track to community sponsors in an effort to help fund repairs to the group’s aging equipment and to purchase new equipment.
It also allows members of the community to interact with the young Scouts who meet at the Ham Lake school.
“It’s a lot of fun competition,” said Dennis Fallon, one of the event organizers.
“We had some really cool cars this year.”
The Pinewood Derby is an event where cars are created from kits containing a pinewood block, plastic wheels and metal axles. Cub Scouts use to tools to customize the cars, with the help of an adult. Once completed, the cars are entered in races.
Powered by gravity, the cars run down a track.
Dr. Tony Lawther of Essentials of Life Chiropractic in Andover successfully defended his title as fastest business in the community. Lawther was grand champion in 2012.
Others returning to participate in the FundRacer were racers from Ham Lake Lanes, Carl Ganter’s American Family Insurance Agency, Abra Auto of Ham Lake, Soderquist’s Market, Benton Builders of Blaine, Justice Brothers’ representatives, Gillund Enterprises, Mary Eichholz and Friends as well as Paul Kluzcar.
New racers this year were from Breeze Electric, Canine Crossing, Len’s Custom Remodeling, Mansetti’s, the McKinley administration (via an anonymous donor), Meineke, Pro-Tec Design, Rita’s Sewing, Shauhn Construction and Yarden of Eden Landscaping.
Businesses participating in the FundRacer purchased a kit for $50 to build their car, with the proceeds going to purchase new microphones for the Scout meetings.
In all, Fallon said $950 was raised for the troop.
Kelly Johnson is at firstname.lastname@example.org