The Elks Lodge in Vernal held a charity Pinewood Derby to give back to a part of the community that truly needs it. The event was held on March 7 and was used to raise money for the upcoming Special Olympics.
“This is something from our childhood that we’re bringing back for a good cause,” said , the organizer of the event, “we wanted to give something to those kids what we had that they might not have received.”
With some of the contestants taking over 10 hours to finish their car for the contest and over $500 at stake, the event was highly competitive.
“I remember doing these as a kid and it was always fun,” said Christianson, a competitor in the derby who spent nearly 15 hours on his car, “I spent a lot more time on this car just so I could remember how it felt like as a kid.”
The event had a pot of $1100 and was split in half. With one half to be taken home with the winner of the Derby and the other to be donated to charity. The winner of the event was Rick Miles, with his car, #14, ‘Rastus’
“It was fun just to be a part of it,” said Miles, “the real prize was giving back to the community and to the Special Olympics.”