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Girl Scouts to host ‘Powder Puff Derby’

Tom Jackson • Mar 10, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Ladies, don’t start your engines. There aren’t any.

But do get your pinewood cars ready for the big race.

Girl Scouts from Sandusky, Castalia, Perkins Township and Huron will gather Saturday for the area’s first “Powder Puff Derby,” the Girl Scouts’ equivalent to the Boy Scouts’ longstanding Pinewood Derby events.

About 90 Erie County girls, ranging in age from kindergarten to about seventh grade, have entered their cars in the competition, said Kim Taylor, a Sandusky resident who is the co-service unit director for local Girl Scout leaders.

The big race

•WHAT: First local “Powder Puff Derby,” the Girl Scouts’ equivalent to the Boy Scouts’ Pinewood Derby

•WHEN: March 15; registration, noon, first races about 1 p.m.

•WHERE: St. Paul Lutheran Church, Mills Street and West Perkins Ave.


Each entrant is allowed to decorate the car to reflect her interests, Taylor said. Taylor’s daughter, Abygail Taylor, 10, a student at Meadowlawn Elementary, will enter a car that looks like a bowling lane.

“She loves bowling,” Taylor said. “She is a bowler”

The Boy Scouts have held Pinewood Derby events for decades. According to the Boy Scouts of America-sponsored derby website, pinewoodderby.org, the very first Pinewood Derby race was in 1953 in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

The race featured two to four cars starting at a standstill and running down a ramp, aided only by gravity, to the finish line. That is how it is done to this day, the website says. Pinewood Derby races have been a local Boy Scout staple for years.

And in fact, a local Cub Scout pack has stepped up to help make the Girl Scout race a success. Members of Cub Scout Pack No. 44, based at St. Paul Lutheran Church, where the event will take place, sold candy bars to raise money to buy a new Pinewood Derby track that cost $1,400, said Stephanie Borzon, who is the secretary of the pack. Borzon’s husband, Dale Borzon, is the Cubmaster.

The new track will make its debut at the Girl Scout event, Borzon said.

She said her oldest son is a veteran Pinewood Derby racer and won second place in two different races.

Derrick, 11, has aged out of the local Pinewood Derby races and has retired from the sport, but the Borzon family has another racer ready for his chance. Dawson, 5, is waiting for his opportunity to join in on the action.

“He’ll be in it next year” Borzon said.

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