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Harrisonburg Soap Box Derby

Soap Box Derby 2018 in Harrisonburg, Virginia

Each year, the Rockingham Rotary Club sponsors the Harrisonburg All-American Soap Box Derby to bring science, technology, and math lessons to young racers ranging in ages from 7 – 21.

Harrisonburg Soap Box Derby

The Soap Box Derby is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to build knowledge and character, and to create meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition. The core values learned from this event include: leadership, family engagement, honesty, integrity, perseverance, innovation, entrepreneurship, teamwork, collaboration, and sportsmanship.

Harrisonburg Soap Box Derby

There are three classes of racers: stock, super stock, and masters. The winners of each division from Harrisonburg will have the opportunity to move on to Akron, Ohio. Soap Box Derby champions from around the world come together in Akron each year to compete in the First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship at the world-famous Derby Downs Track.

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The day of the race, set up started at 5 am with a few dedicated Rotarians and friends.

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The Adult Soap Box Cars are ready for the celebrity race.

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Race day t-shirts are handed out with sponsors on the back. We rely heavily on sponsors to make this event financially viable.

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Matt starts the race day safety meeting with drivers. We work hard to make sure everyone has fun, but most important is safety.

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The parade of drivers to their cars.

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Drivers ready for the race day picture with all the cars lined up in the pit.

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This year we added a Super Kids race so that kids that cannot drive a car can partner with another driver to race. Our Super Kids sponsor, Harmony Square Dairy Queen will help make it possible for our champion to travel to Akron.

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Our track has a curve making it unique. Most Soap Box Derby tracks are straight.

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Sophie in the CW Flyer sponsored by Herr & Co. Suter Engineering, and Gaines Group Architects (dad).

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Of course Sophie’s car is #girlpowered

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On the ramps ready to race.

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We added a banner at the start finish line to highlight our sponsors.

Harrisonburg Soap Box Derby

Heading down the hill. Our Rotary Club supports Boys and Girls Club by providing cars.

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The kids support one another and help everyone have a great time.

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Everyone has a great time! I mean everyone, even the out of shape volunteers.

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The finish line: the goal to get there first for each driver, but if you do it is simply the start of something else. The kids showed incredible sportsmanship that day. Each encouraged the other to do even better. This is why we do it. This is the heart of Rotary Club of Rockingham County (Virginia) This is service above self.

Time for the trophy ceremony.

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Sportsmanship Award

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First Place in the Super Kids Race

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First Place in Super Stock

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Second Place in Super Stock

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Third Place in Super Stock

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Harrisonburg All-American Soap Box Derby

The 10th annual Harrisonburg All-American Soap Box Derby is this Saturday, June 13th, 2015. Please come out and cheer these racers on as they chase their dreams down East Washington Street. The Harrisonburg All-American Soap Box Derby is sponsored by Rockingham Rotary Club and brings science, technology, and math lessons to young racers ranging in ages from 7 – 21. 

 

The Soap Box Derby is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to build knowledge and character, and to create meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition. The core values learned from this event include – leadership, family engagement, honesty, integrity, perseverance, innovation, entrepreneurship, teamwork, collaboration, and sportsmanship.

 

There are three classes of racers – stock, super stock, and masters. The winners of each division from Harrisonburg will have the opportunity to move on to Akron, Ohio. Soap Box Derby champions from around the world come together in Akron each year to compete in the First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship at the world-famous Derby Downs Track.

 

Harrisonburg Soap Box Derby Car Build Clinic

Harrisonburg Soap Box Derby Car Build Clinic

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There are many new activities coming to the SVBA Home and Garden Show this year. One of the most unique is a build clinic to help kids get their skills down for the upcoming Harrisonburg Soap Box Derby. Matt Findley will lead the clinic and he is a great leader and teacher. The kids participating in the event will have a great time for sure.

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The Soap Box Derby is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to build knowledge and character, and to create meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition. The build clinic will be April 11th at the Rockingham County Fair Grounds from 10 am – noon.

SOAPBOX DERBY

The Core Values of the Soap Box Derby are:

• Youth Education and Leadership Development

• Family Engagement and Enrichment

• Honesty, Integrity and Perseverance

• Innovation and Entrepreneurship

• Teamwork and Collaboration

• Mentoring

• Volunteerism

• Commitment to Community

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This year the Rockingham Rotary Club is also hosting a movie about the Soap Box Derby that is free for kids to attend. On April 19 starting at 2pm the movie, 25 Hill, will play at Court Square Theater. 25 Hill stars Corbin Bernsen telling the story of a child who lost his dad in the war in Afghanistan, a man who lost his son in the 9/11 attacks, and how they both found personal redemption while building and racing a Soap Box Derby Car.

Harrisonburg Soap Box Derby

The Annual Harrisonburg Soap Box Derby took place earlier in June. This event teaches kids workmanship, sportsmanship, and community service. This event is sponsored by the Rockingham Rotary. It is spearheaded by Farm Credit’s Matt Findley who puts countless hours into the event along with most of his family. This derby just completed the ninth year with 30+ kids participating and going on to the national competition. We were thrilled to be one of the many volunteers this year and hope to see twice as many kids involved next year.

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