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Soapbox Derby Racers Sought By Organizers

Sponsors of a soapbox derby are looking for kids ages 9 to 15 who want to build their own cars and then race them down the Post Street hill.

The soapbox derby is planned for June 17 and the hill will be closed to traffic in the morning to accommodate the youngsters.

Sponsors include the Knights of Columbus and the Emerson-Garfield neighborhood steering committee.

The neighborhood is also planning a picnic in Corbin Park and activities after the race.

Race organizer Chris Bovey is trying to line up corporate sponsors for each car. The non-motorized cars have a brake, are 80 inches long and 20 inches high and come in a kit from the International Soapbox Derby Association in Ohio. They take about four hours to assemble.

The kits cost $355, but Bovey wants to make sure every child that wants to race is able to. He’s working with Big Brothers and has tried to contact other groups who have kids that may be interested. He’s also trying to recruit businesses for sponsorship.

Sixteen kids have already signed up for the race. It takes about 10 days to have the kits shipped to Spokane so interested racers should call him in the next two week to enter the event.

Bovey can be reached at 328-0111 during business hours.

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