Woodburn Dragstrip
7730 Hwy. 219
Woodburn, Oregon

Marshmallow, Chocolate, and Graham Crackers – August 2011


Sometimes I sit and wonder, and sometimes I sit and think. And then there are other times when I just sit. In fact, my doctor would probably say that I am sitting too much of the time. One of favorite places to sit and think is by a fire. There is something about watching a fire burn that is relaxing to me. And if you really want to bring a smile to my face, just give me some marshmallows, a little chocolate, and some graham crackers and a roasting stick. When the marshmallow turns a light brown and the inside is melted just right, I can squeeze the marshmallow and chocolate between the graham crackers to make a perfect s’more. Now, I usually would not spell it that way, but the spell check on the computer tells me that I need to check it out. A quick look at the dictionary at dictionary.com shows me that there is no such word as “s’mores”. That leads me to check “smores” and “schmores” but neither one of them is listed in the dictionary either. However, I did find some interesting recipes for chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows. There is Colorado Chocolate Pie, Chocolate Mousse, and Chocolate Fondue, but I prefer my recipe with the word “s’more”.

So today as I sit here and think, my mind is telling me that s’more is a contraction of the two words – “some more”. That is exactly what is on my mind when I am eating that graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow. I just want s’more.

In the week following the Night of Fire at Woodburn Dragstrip, we heard lots of comments that racers and fans would love to repeat the night race. “Let’s do it again” and “I hope we do it again next year” were common responses. It was just like me with my marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker. I would love to have s’more. So today as I am just sitting and remembering the 2011 Night of Fire, I say “let’s do it again.” Could I please have s’more??

Story by Elvon Kauffman.

Elvon Kauffman has been drag racing since 1975. He has been a NHRA Northwest Division Bracket Champion twice – first in 1978 when he defeated fellow Woodburn racer, Joe DiFillipi at Seattle International Raceway and secondly, in 1980 when he again defeated a Woodburn racer, Ron Burch at Woodburn Dragstrip. He was the first and only World Champion in Heavy Bracket, winning with his 1970 Plymouth Road Runner 4-speed at the now defunct Ontario Motor Speedway in October, 1980.

Elvon’s variety of life experiences become the basis for the stories he shares in Straight Talk, a monthly column produced by Woodburn Dragstrip. Hopefully, you will enjoy reading them.

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