Soapbox Derby runs Saturday on Stave Lake Street

Soapbox Derby Association members Keith and Russ help six-year-old future racer Gerald Becker with a car and driver weigh-in.

Soapbox Derby Association members Keith and Russ help six-year-old future racer Gerald Becker with a car and driver weigh-in.

Youngsters will be rocketing down Stave Lake Street this Saturday in custom-built soapbox derby racers.

The annual event starts at 10 a.m., and is being held this weekend after inclement weather forced a cancellation of the race earlier this summer.

Remco Bergman, Soapbox Derby Association president, said there are “just shy of 60 cars” registered for the race, with between 10 and 15 new cars competing.

These additions represent parents and kids getting together to build racers, he added.

“There’s momentum behind the event,” said Bergman. “There are lots of people talking about it. It’s become more of an event.”

Rounding out the day’s entertainment will be several booths, as well as a dunk tank and bouncy castle. The RCMP might also be coming by with a radar gun to clock the racers, said Bergman.

Stave Lake Street, between Knight and Seventh Avenue will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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