Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby This Saturday!

This Saturday is one of the great annual events in Decatur – the Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby!  All proceeds of this year’s Derby benefit Decatur Robotics. Raul sends along the details…

Come join us on October 7th to watch Decatur’s best community-led spectator sporting event!

Come see over 90 races take their turn down the hill in homemade soapbox derby cars.

Great food from Oakhurst Market, Steinbeck’s, Universal Joint, Matador, Steel City Pops and our neighborhood Bake Sale.

Beverage tent sponsored by The Faction, Red Hare Brewing, Three Taverns, Decatur Package & Publix.

For the full schedule go to http://madisonavesoapboxderby.org/schedule/

See you on Saturday!

Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for one of the rip-roaringest good times in Decatur this fall!

This fall, a quiet street in Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood will transform into a raceway, complete with creatively themed soapbox race cars on pit row, live music, food, drinks and more – all for a great cause. In a community known for its arts events and the nation’s largest book festival, the Madison Ave Soapbox Derby stands out as Decatur’s only community-led spectator sporting event.

Registration is now open for the 2017 Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby, to be held Saturday, October 7. The non-motorized racing event challenges amateur racers to design and build human-powered soapbox cars and compete against the clock in a downhill race. Competitors are divided into age groups with awards given out for fastest times and most creative car themes.

Prior to race day, Derby organizers will offer technical guidance to help with design plans and methods for building the cars. For details on competing in the derby, volunteering, making a donation or signing on as an event sponsor, visit madisonavesoapboxderby.org.

Started in 2011 by a group of fun-loving, beer-drinking neighbors, the Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby has raised more than $100,000 for local charities serving children. The 2016 event drew an estimated 1,000 attendees and featured nearly 100 racers.

“The Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby brings out the community spirit that makes Decatur so special,” said Raul Trujillo, a founding member of the Derby and Madison Avenue resident since 1999. “We are fortunate to have strong support from the City of Decatur, local businesses, and countless volunteers, all united around helping youth in our community.”

Proceeds from this year’s derby will go to Decatur Robotics, inspiring young people from all backgrounds to become science and technology innovators. Since it began in 2008, Decatur Robotics has engaged more than 400 local students through projects and competitions.

“We’re excited to expose more Decatur students closer to this science and technology fields,” said June Torrance, Decatur Robotics president. “This program goes beyond just robotics to build self-esteem and project management skills, and open doors for children who might not otherwise have opportunities to get involved.”

This family-friendly event is free for spectators and open to the public. Presenting sponsors for the 2017 Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby are Universal Joint and Oakhurst Market. Other sponsors include Intown Auto Care, MailChimp and Pinnacle Credit Union. Follow the Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby on Facebook and Twitter.

Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby This Saturday!

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I can’t believe it’s almost October, which means that the Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby is just around the corner!

This year’s beneficiary is REAP (Reading is Essential for All People) “a non-profit organization dedicated to improving reading proficiency in public school students through teacher training and enrichment.”

According to the Soapbox Derby folks, REAP ” was started by 3 local residents who knew that with the right tools in their teaching toolbox our dedicated public school teachers could make good readers great readers, and struggling readers into strong readers. The Derby Crew is very excited to be supporting such a great organization that is making a real difference for our teachers and children here in Decatur. Thank you for participating and helping to support an organization that is really making an impact on the kids in our community!”

Cool, right?

OK, so you may already know all about Madison Ave’s awesome Soapbox Derby and all the great stuff that goes along with it, but do you know the specific details of this year’s event yet?  NO?  Well here you go!

What you need to know…

10:30 Check in OPENS: Registered teams arrive, sign in, park your car

Enter Madison Ave thru Johnston Place beginning at 10:30. Look for the registration tent.
An adult must check in for their child regardless of team grouping.
Waivers must be signed before you proceed.

DON’T FORGET YOUR HELMETS! NO HELMET, NO RIDE!

-Please note, at this time, we cannot make any changes to the team, team names or drivers. If you have not paid your registration fee you have been withdrawn from the race and we hope you can join us to watch the event.

Bake Sale Tent will have doughnuts for sale

11:00 Food area is open: Grab a bite to eat and prepare for racing!

  • U Joint & Oakhurst Market tent
  • Matador tent
  • Bake Sale Tent – will also be selling race t-shirts
  • Beer Tent
  • SnoBayou Camper: New Orleans Snoballs

Activities for kids:

Face Painting ($3-$12)
Groovy Grandmas with their book Norah Bedorah and the Pink Doughnut with Sprinkles
Please remember to bring cash

  • EVENT SCHEDULE:
    12:00 pm – Judging begins (cars all at the top of the street)
  • 12:45 pm – Race introductions
  • 1:00 pm – Race – ages 6 & under
  • 2:00 pm – Race – ages 7 to 17
  • 3:45 pm – Race – ages 18 and up
  • 4:00 pm – Race over –Old Matt Donald’s Farm takes the stage
  • 4:30 pm – Awards Ceremony and Check Presentation
  • 5:00 pm – Band back on stage for second set
  • 5:30 pm – That’s a wrap!

– This is a rough schedule. We cannot predict how the race will flow with over 90 drivers!
Please keep in mind that this is a grassroots event and we will do the best we can to stay on schedule.

 

Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby This Saturday; Schedule Released!

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Don’t forget about the Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby this Saturday!  The event coordinators have released this “rough” schedule and some food details…

9:30 Revolution Doughnuts will have Coffee & Doughnuts for sale near the registration table.

10:30 Registration OPENS: Teams arrive, sign in, wait for car inspection & park
Enter Madison Ave thru Johnston Place beginning at 10:30. Look for the registration tent. An adult must check in for their child regardless of team grouping. Waivers must be signed before you proceed. DON’T FORGET YOUR HELMETS! NO HELMET, NO RIDE!

-Please note, at this time, we cannot make any changes to the team, team names or drivers. If you have not paid your registration fee you have been withdrawn from the race and we hope you can join us to watch the event.

11:30 Food area is open: Grab a bite to eat and prepare for racing!

U Joint & Steinbeck’s tent
Hamburgers, black bean burgers, hot dogs, various cold wraps (chicken arugula, tuna salad, etc)

Matador tent
Pork Tacos & Grilled Corn

Bake Sale Tent

Beer Tent

SnoBayou Camper: New Orleans Snoballs

12:00 pm – Judging begins (cars all at the top of the street)

12:45 pm – Race introduction
1:00 pm – Race – ages 6 & under
1:45 pm – Race – ages 7 to 17
2:50 pm – Race – ages 18 and up

3:15 pm – Race over –band MoRhythm takes the stage

3:45 pm – Awards Ceremony and Check Presentation
4:15 pm – MoRhythm’s second set
5:00 pm – that’s a wrap!

– This is a rough schedule. We cannot predict how the race will flow with over 70 drivers!
Please keep in mind that this is a grassroots event and we will do the best we can to stay on schedule.

Fun, fun, fun… The vision of this event is picnic/parade style where families, friends and neighbors will be walking to the event with their chairs & blankets while snacking with their families and watching the Derby. For those of you who live on Madison Ave we hope you invite your friends, set up a tailgate style picnic and enjoy the day! All others are welcome to set up their picnic goods on the sidewalks up & down the street.

We will have a “donation station” with baked goods for (cash or check) donation, t-shirts for sale ($20 for Youth & Adult) and checkered flags (1 for $2.00 OR 3 for $5.00) and encourage you to spread the word to bring cash & checks ONLY.

Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby Registration Now Open

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From the Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby folks!  This year’s derby is Saturday, October 10th.

Registration for the 5th annual Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby is now open.

To register go to www.madisonavesoapboxderby.org

The beneficiary for the 2015 Madison Ave Soapbox Derby will be Hagar’s House. 100% of all proceeds raised by the derby will benefit Hagar House.

Hagar’s House is an emergency night shelter and assessment center with support services for women with children. While participating in the program, families receive thorough assessment and crisis intervention. Hagar’s House is operated by Decatur Cooperative Ministry

To learn more about Hagar’s House go to http://www.decaturcooperativeministry.org/html/programs.php

Photos: 2014 Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby

Great cars and great event again this year!  Send in your photos and I’ll add them to the thread!

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Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby This Saturday

There are a ton of events going on this coming weekend Sept 27th and 28th.  Here’s the first of many: The ever-popular annual Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby on Saturday Sept. 27th!  Now in its fourth year, here’s a brief summary from Patti Garrett’s blog

10am-3pm

This unique non-motorized racing event challenges amateur racers to design and build gravity-powered soapbox cars to compete against the clock in a downhill race. Not to be confused with the National All-American Soapbox Derby, The Madison Ave. Soapbox Derby is a race for amateur drivers, which is fueled by creativity and family fun.  The Rules and Regulations are not intended to hinder any creativity but rather allow for a safe race for both the drivers and spectators.

http://madisonavesoapboxderby.org/

And here’s the schedule for this year’s event…

10:00am Registration OPENS: Teams arrive, sign in and park cars

11:00am Donation Station opens

11:30am Judging starts

12:00 6 years old and under starts

1:00 7 to 17 year old race starts

2:00 18 and up race starts

3:00 Music

3:00 Trophies awarded