Mission Soapbox Derby registration and pre-race on Sunday

The annual event is open to children aged eight to 14 years old

The Mission Soapbox Derby is just over two weeks away, which means it’s time for local kids to register for the big race.

Pre-race day is June 3, at the side entrance of Mission Secondary School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open for children aged eight to 14.

Soapbox Derby Association president Aaron Theilade said they will bring out all of the cars and have the children weighed in the car after they register. Then, depending on weather conditions, they can go for a test drive.

Race day on June 16 is expected to bring out 60 soapbox racing hopefuls, with fun activities complementing the races such as a martial arts demonstration, and pudding and hot dog eating competitions.

Registration forms are available in the VanCity Mission branch located at 150-32555 London Ave. and the cost is $25.

The Soapbox Derby was revived in 1999 after a 25-year hiatus, but the race has a long and storied tradition in Mission. The first one was held in 1946 (called a “wildcat” race) as part of the Mission Board of Trade’s Strawberry Festival.

By 1956 the event had become incredibly popular, drawing 20,000 spectators from all over B.C. complete with corporate sponsors.

For more information visit www.missionsoapbox.com.