The Flushing Meadows Soap Box Derby

Every year in late spring, children, teenagers and their families gather on 23rd Avenue and 94th Street in East Elmhurst for the most exciting Queens competition of the year: the Flushing Meadow Soap Box Derby. This year’s races will be held on June 9th beginning at 10AM and will end about 4PM-5PM.

Children and teens ages 8-17 will compete in three divisions: stock, super stock, and master stock. The champion will have the opportunity to attend the All American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio.

A dedicated Board of Directors organizes the Flushing Meadow Soap Box Derby each year. The goal of this project-based program is to allow local children and teens to develop skills in workmanship, creativity and problem solving while they each build their own gravity propelled vehicles. The directors, project coordinators, and parents assist competitors with engineering, designing and modifying engineless vehicles. Participants work on their vehicles and test them against each other during clinics held at two local auto shops.

People interested in attending the derby should bring their own chairs. The festivities will begin with a live performance from the I.S. 145 band. Each race will be run twice to compensate unequal lanes. Food vendors are expected on site.

The Flushing Meadow Soap Box Derby exists mainly due to the generosity of its community.  Donations of any amount are welcome, or people can sponsor competitors by purchasing new or existing cars and advertising.

Where: 23rd Ave and 94th Street, East Elmhurst

When: June 9, 2012 10 AM

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Allison Casal-Dunn