The Mission Soapbox Derby has been scheduled for June 14.
The 16th annual race sees kids hurtling down Stave lake Street – between Knight Avenue and 11 Avenue – to vie for the trophy and title of fastest racer in their age category.
In addition to the racing, the day will feature hot dog and pudding-eating contests, games, a climbing wall, demonstrations and refreshments. Race day check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and races get rolling at 9 a.m.
If inclement weather strikes, alternate race days will be Aug. 23 and Sept. 13.
And if you don’t have your own racer, kids can be fitted for one of the Mission and District Soapbox Derby Association’s safety-inspected, winning vehicles.
Pre-race/inspection day is June 1 at the Mission Leisure Centre between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration is open to participants eight to 14 years old for $35. If the June 1 date is rained out, a second pre-race and inspection day has been scheduled for Aug. 10.
Following the inaugural run of Mission Mayor Ted Adlem last year, adult races are returning, for $50 per entrant.
The soapbox derby has been running in Mission off and on since 1946. The event grew until it wound up attracting 20,000 people in 1956. In 1974, due to a lack of interest and the withdrawal of a major sponsor, the derby was cancelled.
It was resurrected in 1999. The Mission and District Soapbox Derby Association has been running the derby since 2002.
To volunteer, or for more information, visit missionsoapbox.com.