A big crowd recently cheered on participants of a creative racing format at a local head start.
It was the second annual Bill Haddock Box Car Show and Race at Alexander Speedway. A field of mostly 4-year-olds circled their playground at the Big Five facility on North First Avenue.
The kids crafted vehicles chiefly from cardboard with various other materials and adornments. They were equipped with straps to go over the children’s shoulders when they stepped inside or an adult lifted the vehicle over their heads. Many of those adults had spent hours laboring over those lightweight vehicles and it showed. It was apparent the car designs also reflected the kids’ personalities.
When the children had raced enough laps, family members gathered around the track to take photos. Starting to show signs of needing a pit stop, they were directed to cross the checkered flag as balloons were released in celebration. Everyone was served food donated by Marco’s Pizza and Domino’s, and presented a gift card from Cherry Berry. If that wasn’t enough, the racers also were awarded golden trophies for their participation.
Teachers Marcie Smith and Valerie Cline, along with assistants Nicole Helmer and Carolyn Boatner, were grateful for the community support and pleased with the turnout that sunny evening.