Saturday’s gray skies couldn’t get in the way of kids going for the checkered flag in Marshall County’s first ever Soap Box Derby.
Steven Jumper has been involved in the Soap Box Derby for more than 20 years and after seeing how happy it made the racers, he decided this year to bring those smiles to the faces of Marshall County children.
“It was just something I had a passion for and I wanted to share it with the children here in Marshall County,” Jumper says.
Mother Nature washed out the Soap Box Derby last weekend but she cooperated for the most part today as racers had to dodge some rain drops on their way down the course. After a few weeks of preparation, what did the racers have to say about racing in their first Soap Box Derby?
“When I go down the hill it kind of makes me get a little bit more nervous but its good,” Jacob Ineali says.
Racer Amanda Gray fells just as anxious.
“I feel great when I cross the finish line, everybody cheering on for me,” she says.
Racer, Julia Myers, has a special fan in the crowd that she has named her car after.
“It makes me feel really happy, because I have my pug cheering me on too.” she says.
Myers car’s name is Puggalicious.
The racers did compete to get across the finish line first, but at the end of the day most went home with a winning friendship too.
“You get to see new people and once you’re done you might get to meet new friends,” Gregory Lewis says.
All of the racers said the Soap Box Derby is something they’re definitely looking forward to competing in in the future, too.
Weather obviously was a potential issue but luckily they were able to race and the kids had enough time to qualify for the National Soap Box Derby in Akron.