Annual Soap Box Derby kicks-off with ribbon cutting and oil can races

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- The 22nd annual All-American Soap Box Derby in Bowling Green officially kicked off Wednesday afternoon.

A luncheon and ribbon cutting took place at the site of this week’s event, Phil Moore Park.

After the ribbon cutting, community leaders had the opportunity to participate in oil can races down the track.

The derby, which begins Friday, is the largest double-elimination soapbox race in the world, with winners moving on to the World Championship in Akron, Ohio this summer.

The derby will feature youngsters, ages 7-18 in four different categories: stock, super stock, masters and super kids.

All proceeds from the event benefit charities in Warren County that help children.

The race director says both children and adults will enjoy watching all the action beginning Friday.

“It’s a very exciting thing,” said Jacqueline Peterson, the race director. “The kids get excited and the older racers mentor the younger racer, which is superb to see that they are taking them under their wing and giving them tips and encouraging them to be good sports. It’s a very good, wholesome, family opportunity.”

The Soap Box Derby concludes on Saturday.