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B&G Club racing toward Family Fun Day
by Steve Beavers
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Allen Bean (left) and Khyree Hamer put together the first wooden go-kart to be used in the Boys & Girls Club's Indy 500 Family Fun Day.
Allen Bean (left) and Khyree Hamer put together the first wooden go-kart to be used in the Boys & Girls Club's Indy 500 Family Fun Day.
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Members of the Boys & Girls Club are ready to go racing.

The green flag is set to drop July 13 on the club's Indy 500 Family Fun Day.

Staff and members started putting together wooden go-karts to be used during the noon to 3 p.m. event this week.

Five local teams – Red, Yellow, Purple, Pink and Gold – are set to take on teams from the Iuka Unit of the Boys & Girls Club. Each team will be made up of a crew of five.

"We are going to paint them and add decals," said unit director Christy Grice. "Any sponsor that would like to have their decals put on a cart can let us know."

Lowe's sponsored the project by providing the material.

"We couldn't have done this without the help of Lowe's employee Terry Kono," said the unit director.

Grice said one of the carts will be named Terry because of his help in the project.

The go-karts are not self-propelled and will need someone to push. The steering will be done by using the drivers feet to rotate the front axle.

"Everyone of the kids wants to be the driver," said Grice with a laugh.

Medallions and trophies will be distributed following the day of races.

"People can bring their lawn chairs or tents and enjoy the day," said Grice.

Hot dogs and hamburgers along with icy treats are slated to be served.

The fun day is part of the club's "Vacation Adventure" summer camp. Vacation spots such as New York and Gatlinburg, Tenn. are being incorporated into the camp fun.
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