The Lake County Central Y Invites You to Compete in the Family Pinewood Derby


Children and their families are invited to create a race car and compete in the Lake County YMCA Pinewood Derby on Saturday, February 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Y, 933 Mentor Ave in Painesville.

Children may build a new race car (with help from their parents) and compete on February 21. Race car and participation guidelines are available for download at

Derby guidelines state that cars made from previous derby’s or Boy Scout kits are not allowed to compete. Car class will be 5-ounce and kits may be purchased at the Lake County Central Y. Cars will be collected at time of weigh-in and cannot be tweaked prior to racing.

The Pinewood Derby competition will begin at 5:30 p.m. with racing, followed by dinner and awards for top finishers. Families are invited to stay for open swim from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

“We are very excited to host the Family Pinewood Derby,” said Elisa Hennies, Youth Development Director at the Lake County Central Y. “It’s fun and challenging for kids to learn the dynamics of building a racecar. It’s also a great way for families to build stronger relationships by helping each other in the car building process and by supporting each other at the starting line.”

Registration is recommended by February 7 to ensure that there is ample time to create your car. 5-ounce car kits are sold at the Central Y Front Desk. Y Member car kits are $10 each; Program Member car kits are $15 each. Guest spectator tickets are $3 each.

To register for the Family Pinewood Derby or purchase a spectator ticket, contact the Central Y at 440-352-3303 or visit

Gabe Arnold
Author: Gabe Arnold