I went to my first soapbox derby today. It is an annual July event in Bloomfield.
The Soap Box Derby is open to both girls and boys ages five through 12. Competitors are divided into two age categories, 5– 8 years and 9– 12 years. Competitors make individual runs down the hill for best times, (not racing against each other head to head).
Fastest overall time in each category determines the age group winner. Helmets are mandatory for all competitors and all Soap Box cars must have both a steering and a braking mechanism installed.
Aproximately 14 young girls and boys gathered this year to take the Mill Street challenge. Some of the derby cars appeared to have expensive sponsorship from Monster drinks, and Highland mushrooms, others were just a family-made products of love.
Tension was building as drivers waited for the arm drop.
There appeared to be lots of trophys ready to be given out.
Volunteers from St. John’s ambulance were ready to offer medical aid if needed.