The 8th Annual Father’s Day (eve) Festival of Speed

WHO? You! Big and small, young and old, ladies and gents.
WHAT?  Bring your favorite food, an object with wheels and no engine, and a helmet. WHEN? 3pm Saturday, June 16th (rain date June 17th).

All participants under 18 must have parental permission and a helmet. No exceptions! (Spare helmets may be available).

What can I run in the Derby?
– The only means of propulsion is gravity.
– It needs to be able to steer and stop.
– Scooters, skateboards, bikes, wagons, wheelchairs, etc. are all possibilities as long as the person driving can steer and stop it.
– Costumes and/or themes for your racer are strongly encouraged.
– If you want to be eligible to win a trophy, you must build, decorate, or significantly alter your vehicle.

Trophy Categories:
– People’s Choice
– Independence (for entirely kid-built entries)
– Spirit (for costume or theme)
– Seussical (for the most musical, think Whoville vehicle – not simply loud, MUSICAL)

How will the Derby work?
Everyone should have multiple chances at running. If there are a lot of participants we will group the brackets according to age and or vehicle type.

3:00 pm – Sign-up
3:15 pm – Parade of Racers
3:30 pm – First race…  racing until bracket is done
5:00-ish pm – Awards and BBQ!
(Times are approximate, depending on participation.)

What about the BBQ?
Roll out your grill and bring something to share.

Just to be clear – Blue Bell Hill is a wonderfully diverse neighborhood. You do not need to have, or be, a father to participate. All families are always welcome.

Parking Instructions (From 3:00 to 7:30pm) In the interest of safety, we are asking neighbors to please help by: – Moving your cars so as not to park on the street between the top of the 1st hill (around 608 W. Johnson Street) to near the top of the next hill (654). This will leave plenty of space for the soap-box derby race and minimize the chance of kids getting hurt or anyone’s car getting dinged. – Entering and exiting Johnson Street from the Walnut Lane Circle, during the hours mentioned above. We recognize this can be an inconvenience, but believe this community event can be the most fun, and the safest, if we all pull together for this day.

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