Local Cubs were off to the races

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March 24, 2016 10:10 AM

Jaime Polmateer photos Beavers Parker Gray, 7, and his buddy Matthew Schmeltzer, 6, race their Beaver buggies at the Cub car racing event, which took place at Winston Churchill School on Saturday.

Dozens of First Lloydminster Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, as well as group members from Provost, recently filled the gymnasium at Winston Churchill School to show off and race their Cub cars.
The races take place each year to see which Cub can build the fastest car for a chance at some trophies, while the Scouts build and race bigger semi-style trucks in hopes to win Scout knives.
The Beavers also attend, but just to race their Beaver buggies for sheer kicks.
“So the Cubs, they race to see who’s got the fastest car — they’re given a block of wood, then they have to carve out their own design, then they have a weight limit that they have to be at,” said Val Rathje, group commissioner for the First Lloydminster Scouts.
“They can be as creative as they want. We’ve got Minion cars, we’ve got race cars, we’ve got a block of cheese, there’s all sorts; they really enjoy it.”
The Scouts are also allowed to let their creativity shine when building their semi-style trucks, making little vehicles in the likenesses of cube vans, logging trucks or anything else that crosses their minds.
Then the Beavers all get a kit to make their Beaver buggies and show up around noon to race for fun.
“They just like to throw their buggy down the track as many times as they want,” Rathje said.
The reasons behind doing Cub car races are many, with Rathje saying first and foremost they do it for the fun.
It also allows members to use their own creativity and take part in some friendly competition.
“Then we have a group that came out from Provost, so they get to see other youths from other groups,” said Rathje.
Nine-year-old Peter Bessey is in his second year of Cubs, making the day his second time at the races.
He built his car to look like a blue hot rod and said his favourite part of the whole thing, of course, was building the car and getting to race it.
Bessey took a few moments from the day’s activities to describe the design behind his racer to the Source.
“I put all my weights on the back because it’s the best place to put them, because the wind goes by, it won’t stop it much and that’s how my car is,” he said.
By the end of the day the results were in with the Cubs’ Emery Marchand taking first place, Connor Herbert coming in second and Brayden Milley walking away with third the place trophy.
The Scouts saw Koleman Stevenson take first place, John Iback of Provost in second and Tieran Folkins, also of Provost, come in third.
Rathje said after the car races, which happened last Saturday, the youngsters will be looking forward to doing the milk jug races that are coming up in June.

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