The Pinewood Derby. It’s the Cub Scout event that takes a lot of us back to when we were kids. Many of you know the routine: start with a block of wood, four plastic wheels and two nails. Add a winter’s worth of planning, carving, painting, weighing and tweaking and hopefully you end up with a derby car that’s cooler and faster than all the other cars in your pack.
Well, in order to raise a couple of bucks for the Illowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America, we've called on some friends and friends-of-friends to battle it out on the racetrack.
This year, in the 2nd Annual 2Dorks Celebrity Pinewood Derby, we have celebrities from so many fields, it's hard to keep track of. We'll be seeing celebrities coming from the NFL, UFC, NBA, NCAA and more.
All eyes are on the faceoff between University of Iowa's Kirk Ferentz and Iowa State University's Matt Campbell.
Also, keep an eye on the rivalry between reigning champion Jake Gervase and runner up Pat Angerer.
Angerer says he's excited "As the returning champ, since Gervase was disqualified for cheating, I’m excited to become two-time champ."
Gervase wasn't technically disqualified over the weight of his car, as it still was able to take first place after he whittled some of his car off to make weight.
Check out the full list:
- Pat Miletich (MMA Champion and commentator)
- Pat Angerer (Iowa Hawkeyes and Indianapolis Colts)
- Jake Gervase (Iowa Hawkeyes and Los Angeles Rams)
- Tavian Banks (Iowa Hawkeyes and Jacksonville Jaguars)
- Kasey Kahne (NASCAR)
- Allen Lazard (Iowa State and Green Bay Packers)
- Johnny Lujack (Notre Dame and Chicago Bears)
- Tim Dwight (Iowa Hawkeyes and Atlanta Falcons)
- Patrick Levesque (Dek Hockey and Quad City Mallards)
- Matt Campbell (Iowa State University Football Head Coach)
- Kirk Ferentz (University of Iowa Football Head Coach)
Of course, there's also the Morning Show division with Dwyer, Michaels and Goose.
It all takes place Wednesday morning. Tune in here at 2dorks.com to watch it LIVE!
Iowa's Island City
There is something unique about every town, but there is really something special about Sabula, IA. Known as "Iowa's Island City," Sabula is the only town in the state of Iowa that is entirely on an island. While not a lot of people have been to, or live in Sabula, it is a quaint little town nestled right on the Mississippi River.
Before we show you around "Iowa's Island City," let me give you the history of Sabula. Sabula was established in 1835, according History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1 by James Whitcomb Ellis.
Isaac Dorman and a man named Hinkley crossed the river from the Illinois side on a log and decided to settle on what is now Sabula. An Ohio couple, James and Margaret Woods would settle on Sabula about a year later in April of 1836. Their son, Dr. E. A. Woods would purchase Hinkley's interest in the claim. Charles Swan and W. H. Brown would soon purchase Dorman's interest. The three men, Woods, Swan and Brown later had the land plotted in 1837.
According to Island City Harbor's website
, Sabula went through a few names before landing on the official town name. In 1837, Sabula was first called Carrollport. Residents of the town didn't like the name because there was a man's name who was Carroll who had a bad reputation. The town changed its name to Charleston, after early settler Charles Swan. The only issue was that there was already a town called Charleston in Iowa which caused much confusion.
Sabula did not actually become an island until 1939. According to Wikipedia, in the 1930's, the Army Corps of Engineers constructed the lock and dam system. In 1939, Lock and Dam No. 13 between Clinton, IA and Fulton, IL was built which caused the bottomlands west of the town permanently flooded. With the Mississippi River east of the town, this created the "Island City." A levee was built around Sabula in 1957 for protection, according to Island City Harbor's website
. This also allowed for the south sand pit to be turned into a boat harbor.
I would like to thank my mom Beth, her fiancé Matt, my brother Nolan and my wife Ellie for accompanying me to Sabula. We always have a blast on our trips and this one was no exception.
It's now time to introduce you to Sabula, Iowa, Iowa's Island City.