Spectators watch the racing Beaver Buggies at a previous Scouts Racing event. Western News file photo

Beaver buggies and more at annual Okanagan Scouts Racing Day

Over 100 kids will be taking part in the annual Scouts Racing Day Saturday

The best in art, design and speed will be showcased Saturday at the annual Scout Races at Concordia Lutheran Church.

Over 100 kids from the South Okanagan Similkameen, ranging in age from five to 14, members of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, will be competing in the day-long model vehicle competitions.

Racers are required to build and decorate their entries to predetermined specifications including weight and size. An estimated 300 people attended last year’s event and an even bigger turnout is expected for this year’s races.

This time around also features the return of the Scouts Truck competition which takes place every other year.

Prizes for the races, which have been taking place for over a decade now, include for fastest time, fastest group, best paint job, most original design, most realistic and best sport.

“They learn about the forces of gravity, racing and hey it’s a lot of fun and it’s part of the curriculum of Scouts Canada as well,” said Jacinda Pownall 2nd Penticton Scouts Group Commissioner. “It’s fun and learning and then there’s the artistic component too they have to design it and they have to colour it some of the cars these kids come up with are pretty amazing I’ve seen like little cheese cars so they did their cars and cut out little holes so it looks like Swiss cheese.”

The $6 entry fees includes food and a participant’s crest for taking part.

Related: South Okanagan-Similkameen Cubs off to the races

“It’s great to see the beavers and the scouts and cubs all get so excited about the different things,” said Scouts Canada Jared Edis previously, who along with co-Scouter Gerry Owen have organized the races over the years. “I even let them, the beavers especially, I let them push the button that makes the race start so that gives them that extra thrill. So hopefully they’ll remember and have an impact in their lives.”

Action gets underway at 9 a.m. with the Beaver Buggies competition which goes until noon. Following lunch the Kub Kars will take to the track until 3 p.m.

Related: A day at the races

After a dinner break the Scouts Trucks event will get underway at 5 p.m. going until close at 7 p.m.

Groups participating include the 1st Oliver, 1st Summerland, 1st Princeton, 2nd Penticton.

Rules for the Beaver Buggie state the entries must weigh a maximum of 100 grams and the only weights allowed at Canadian beaver nickels.

Concordia church is located at 2800 South Main St. and admission is free.



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Scouter Gerry Owen starts the next round of racers from the gate. Western News file photo

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