Pinewood Derby competition benefits the Fargo VA HospitalFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Competitors unleashed their inner kid at the Fargo VFW's Pinewood Derby this afternoon. The competition for those 21 and older is in its tenth year.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Competitors unleashed their inner kid at the Fargo VFW's Pinewood Derby Saturday afternoon.
The competition for those 21 and older is in its tenth year.
It's a competition generally associated with kids' organizations, like the Boy Scouts.
“Cars on track, going through finish line.”
But the Fargo VFW proves that adults can bring it at a Pinewood Derby, too.
Eugene Livingston/Derby Participant: "I've had three sons, all three of them, I helped build their cars. I've always had ideas for them and they never took them. So, I said I'll build my own, we'll see who wins!"
This small car, fast-track race has been quietly going on in downtown Fargo for 10 years but the past two years they've seen explosive growth, about 70 cars were entered this time around.
Dan Jacobson/Pinewood Derby Marketing Director: "Very exciting to see this, because that's over twice as many cars as we had last year. This event is doubling in size the last two years, it's just incredible."
And these cars aren't just slapped together; many went to great lengths, using aerodynamics to make these mini-machines glide to the finish line.
But even if they come in dead last really everybody wins, the proceeds from the event benefit the Fargo VA Hospital.
Livingston: "Veterans are what keeps us safe and keeps us free to do stuff like this. Anything we can donate to them... way to go."
A few of our WDAY on-air personalities took part in Saturday’s contest including anchor Kerstin Kealy.
Jay Thomas made it to the seventh round before his car, "The Bone Crusher" was finally defeated, and Andy Sherwin took the trophy for the second year in a row.