GREEN  A Cub Scout tradition, the annual Pinewood Derby race, with 115 participants from the Cub Scout Lakes District, was held April 29 at MAPS Air Museum in Green.

"The scouts have approximately two months to built their pinewood car, which weighs only five ounces," said Ron Halverson, Cub Scout Lakes District Race commissioner.

The District is comprised of 18 Cub Scout Packs from southern Summit and northern Wayne counties. Each racer received a patch and dash plaque.

The Pinewood Derby competition, with was first held in 1955, featured the top qualifiers from all area Cub Scout packs who gathered at MAPS to race, three cars at a time, to determine first, second and third place in each group. The groups are: Tigers, first grade; Wolves, second grade; Bears, third grade and Webelos, fourth and fifth grade. This was the fourth year MAPS hosted the Lakes District Pinewood Derby.

The Pinewood Derby race features miniature gravity-powered cars on a small indoor track.

"The scouts build their cars to attempt to make them the fastest by usign different axles or wheels," Halverson said. "The cars only take an average of three seconds to go down the track."

"The scouts work to make their own cars unique with different styles and colors of paint," said Joe Guesman, Cubmaster, Pack 3335.

Ryan Mason, a third-grade student, and Cub Scout Bear, said he participates because it is fun. He said his dad helps him build his car. It was his second year racing in the Pinewood Derby and he placed first in his group last year.

"I chose to race because my Uncle Dave raced when he was a cub scout and did well, " added Ryan Van Cleve, a third grade student and Cub Scout Bear.

According to the Boy Scouts of America website, the Pinewood Derby teaches Cub Scouts sportsmanship, personal achievement and family understanding.

The Star Wars costumers (Stormtroopers, Scout Trooper, Jawa, & Imperial Officer) were at the event for photo opportunities and represented the 501st Legion Ohio Garrison.

The races were announced by Jasen Sokol from 1590 WAKR.