Scouts Compete In Carved Car Competition

They were racing Saturday in Tyler.

But only on the small tracks.

Saturday was the finals of the Boy Scouts Pinewood Derby. More than two hundred and fifty scouts from Smith and Wood counties were on hand, showing off cars they made with help from their parents.

The cars competed in speed, and in style, as the judges looked for creativity, style, and above all, a family creation.

"They're looking for something," Commissioner Keith Johnson explained, "That looks like father and son or mother and son worked on the car together, not necessarily something that dad did all alone."

Cars were judged in the two categories for each of five different grades, first through fifth. Each car was painstakingly carved from a block of wood and decorated by a scout and his family.

Reid Kerr ( reporting.