Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!
Dealer’s annual Diaper Derby crawls to a photo finish
By Alan Wolf, YSN
For more than a decade, visitors to the annual Redwood Empire Fair in Ukiah, Calif., could count on BrandSource member Pardini Appliance to pit the town’s fastest carpet crawlers against each other in an annual Diaper Derby.
This year was no different, and principal and namesake Mark Pardini did not disappoint.
This summer’s contest and fair, held during the first weekend in August, brought a field of four contestants to the starting line. The number of participants varies, Pardini said, sometimes necessitating semifinals and final heats.
The stakes were high this go-round, with a new Hotpoint washer awaiting the winner’s parents. First out of the starting gate was young “Enzo Ferrari,” son of pit crew boss RanDee Johnson. “We have been training for this day since before Enzo was born,” she joked.
The hot-rodding rug rat left his opponents in the dust, but was immediately disqualified for standing up at the starting line, a Diaper Derby no-no. You can watch the instant replay here:
A good time was nevertheless had by all, and the goodwill engendered by supporting the local fair is a point Pardini wishes to impress upon all his fellow BrandSource members. A tip of the hat, and a year’s supply of baby wipes, to Mark!
BrandSource, a unit of YSN publisher AVB Inc., is a nationwide buying group for independent appliance, furniture, mattress and CE dealers.