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Posted: March 15, 2009 12:00 a.m.

Derby days

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The Yellow River District of the Boy Scouts held their fourth annual Pinewood Derby and first ever Chili/Dutch Oven Cook-Off Saturday at Prospect United Methodist Church.

Derby

The Pinewood Derby featured approximately 125 racers from grades one through five, Cubmaster of Pack 747 Jeff Greenich said. Each Cub Scout was previously given a 7 inch block of pinewood that they had to carve and shape into a race car with the help of their parent or den master. The car could be shaped and painted any way the scout chose, but the car could not weigh more than five ounces.

All of the Cub Scout racers in Saturday’s derby had already been a top qualifier in their individual dens, so the derby represented the best of the best. Each car ran once in each of the six lanes and the car with the fastest average time out of those six races was the winner.

The race track was provided by Michael Wilfer, whose wife Sharon is Cubmaster of Pack 888. Wilfer said the track took four months to build and is used during two to three times a year during the Cub Scouts derby season.

Chili/Dutch Oven Cook-Off

The cook-off was added this year to raise money for the newly formed Boy Scout Troop 748 out of Prospect. The troop was expecting to raise $2,000 by selling hotdogs, chili and other concessions, according to Greenich. The money would pay for the boys to attend summer camp.

The chili competition had nine entries, while the Dutch oven competition only had two entries, likely due to the cold, rainy weather. The judges included Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle), state Rep. John Lunsford, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown and Sheldon Landy, youth pastor at Conyers First Baptist.

Debbie Hegwood won the chili cook off with her chicken chili recipe, while Barry Jackson’s lasagna won the Dutch oven competition.

More than 500 people were expected to attend the event throughout the day, Greenich said.

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