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Cub Scouts tune their racing skills
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In their homemade carts, Cub Scouts zip down the lanes during the annual Cubmobile Races at Dobbs Creek Park in Cumming. - photo by Autumn Vetter

More than 300 Cub Scouts from Forsyth, Dawson and Lumpkin counties showed off their racing skills during a weekend competition.

The Etowah District of the Northeast Georgia Boy Scout Council held its annual Cubmobile Races on Saturday at Dobbs Creek Park in Cumming.

Members of various dens from across the three counties took turns racing in vehicles resembling small go-carts made of wood.

Jodie Hall, whose 7-year-old son Ean took part in the races, said each den built a vehicle together.

“The dads help build it and paint it,” she said. “Our den worked on it for a couple of weeks. They love it.”

District volunteer Tim Gangwish said the competition is one of several throughout the year that bring different dens together.

“The district tries to provide Cub Scouts with one activity like this each month,” Gangwish said.

Among the other monthly activities are bowling trips, lock-ins and pinewood derbies, he said. 

“This is one of the [more fun] events with have,” he said. 

Scouts seemed to agree as they zoomed along the downhill course, many having to get help stopping from their fathers and other volunteers.

“I most liked putting the stickers on the car,” said Carson Sutherland, 8, as he watched twin brother Chase compete.

“I came in second when I went,” he noted.

The boys competed for trophies in speed and show categories, Gangwish said.

“We try to make it mostly about fun, but they do get pretty competitive,” he said.