Mission Soapbox Derby takes place Saturday

Soapbox derby will run this Saturday

Stave Lake Street will be closed all day for the soapbox derby

Racers will be zooming down Stave Lake Street this Saturday as the Mission Soapbox Derby returns.

The event was originally scheduled for August, but wet roads forced organizers to cancel and reschedule it for Sept. 14. Another rain delay would cancel this year’s event.

So far there are 55 registered cars, but Mission and District Soapbox Derby Association president Remco Bergman suspects there will be a few more racers who will want to sign up at the last minute.

We’re prepared for that, he said, noting there is room.

“If you want to register still, you have to come down at 7 a.m.,” he stressed. Registered racers are expected to be at the race site at 7:30 a.m. to check in and prepare for the event.

Stave Lake Street will be closed between Seventh and Best Avenues from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. and the first cars will roll down the hill at around 9:15 a.m. Community policing volunteers will be out with their radar guns to check how fast the cars are going.

About 30 races will be completed before the group breaks for lunch at noon.

The second half of the competition will resume at 12:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony happens at 4 p.m.

There will also be a pudding-eating contest, a hot dog-eating contest, as well as a martial arts demonstration, said Bergman.

For more information about the event or road closures, visit missionsoapbox.com.

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