In June, Roanoke will play host to Huntington County's first Cubmobile Race in recent years, as Cub Scouts will converge on the town to race their own handmade vehicles against other Scouts.
"It's been going on in Warsaw for a long time, about 60 years," says David Snodgrass, assistant commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America's Miami District. "We thought it'd be great to have one locally."
Snodgrass said local Scouts have been traveling to Warsaw for years and that Cub Scout packs are excited about the Roanoke race.
Chad Mast, scoutmaster for Pack 3314 in Zanesville, says that the pack will be participating, and has been working on building several cars since last fall for use this summer.
"We will be building more to have ready in time for the race," Mast says.
Mast says that building a "Cubmobile" is an elective for the Bear rank, which is typically awarded to boys in third grade.
A Cubmobile is similar to a soapbox derby car, but has a more strict construction plan and is open on all sides. Each vehicle must be able to be turned and have a brake and seatbelts.
Although the Miami District, which covers southern Allen County, is hosting the Roanoke Cubmobile Race, all Scouts are welcome to be part of the action.
"Any Cub Scout from anywhere can participate," Snodgrass says.
Huntington County is part of the Wabash Valley District, which also includes Wells, Adams and Jay counties. All of northeast Indiana, including Kosciusko County, is part of the Anthony Wayne Council.
In addition to the established Warsaw and new Roanoke races, the Pokagon District is sponsoring its first Cubmobile race.
The Roanoke Cubmobile Race will be held the morning of Saturday, June 25. A section of Main Street will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to noon that day.
"We're hoping to make this an annual event," Snodgrass says.
Cub Scout Pack 3314 leaders (from left) Chad Mast and Doug Poulson help scouts Derek Mast and Mason Poulson test out their Cubmobiles at Zanesville United Methodist Church last fall. The Zanesville-based Cub Scout pack is just one of a number of participants in the first annual Roanoke Cubmobile Race, which will be held on June 25.