Monday, May 2, 2011

Youth Couch Derby

Yesterday, my wife and I went to watch the seventh annual youth couch derby that was taking place in the large parking lot of Franconia Mennonite Church in Montgomery County, PA. It was being sponsored by Franconia Conference and Eastern District Mennonites. For this derby, the youth turn couches into hand pushable vehicles and race to see who can get through the curvy course the quickest while accomplishing several different tasks. Below are some photos from this race.

At the starting line

Coming round the curve

Energetic youth

Approaching youth leader water dousing station

A more traditional couch on wheels

The back row and the person at the wheel have all the hard work

Some youth show a lot of spirit with painted faces

Others show spirit by enthusiastically preparing to douse their youth pastor

The youth in this last photo were from my home church Perkiomenville Mennonite.
You can see many more photos of this team at the church's web site.


  1. Looks like everyone was really enjoying themselves ! Nice to see all that support out there too. What a fun event.

  2. Fun, beautiful photos, you look very happy.

  3. Now that looks like a lot of fun. We have several Mennonite communities a little south of us in Iowa. Numerous Amish farms in our county. I also spent a wonderful day visiting a the Hutterite comunal farm not to far away. Each unique in their own way....

  4. Oh i want to do this! Do they have an Adult version? I would bring an old couch- i'm sure it would just fly!!!!:)

  5. What a riot, Tim. And so creative. I've never heard of such a thing in my life. I love it!

  6. You got a lot of fun !
    I would have like to be at the front row.
    I wonder if it will be a mundial cup for that sport.
    I remember you already shown something like that, you were well located then.

  7. Thanks, rick. It was a fun event.

    Thanks, leovi. Glad you enjoyed the photos.

    Thanks, troutbirder. Glad you enjoyed the post. And, yes, each grouping of Anabaptists and Mennonites have their own distinctives.

    Thanks, dawn. I'm sure you would have fun doing this. But unfortunately this particular event was only for youth.

    Thanks, ginnie. I had done a Google search and there are number of other groups that have done couch derbies.

    Thanks, cergie. What I had shown in the past was a soapbox derby - basically a sleekly designed motorless sports car. But a couch derby is fun, too.