Last Saturday, February 4th, The Piedmont Community Church Gym was the site of some very exciting all day competitions, as the 50th Annual Piedmont Pinewood Derby was held.  The pinewood derby is one of the most popular family activities in Boy and Girl Scouting, where scouts of all ages are encourage to create small, but speedy, model wooden racing cars of various configurations.
These cars are then raced against each other down a gravity track to decide whose was the fastest. The races are arranged so that similar age groups compete against each other. To give you a sense of the variety of competition, and, as reported in the Piedmont Post, on February 8th, by reporter James Gage, "cubs have a chance to win awards in seven categories: Coolest Car, Most Creative, Best Craftsmanship, Best Use of Materials, Dream Machine, Most Bodacious, and Most Unique".  Also reported "Piedmont's Girl Scout Pinewood Derby is one of just a few in the country, thanks to the generosity of the Piedmont Boy Scouts who shared their track".  As a result, the Girl Scouts, whether in the Daisy, Brownie, or up through the Cadette program, were just as motivated and excited to be a part of this nationwide Scouting competition.  
No matter what the age, or what the category, there were some very "cool cars" entered, and some great memories generated.  
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