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Registration open for Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby

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Registration open for Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby

Sloane Rasberry waits for her turn to race during the 6th annual Madison Ave. Soapbox Derby in Oakhurst on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips
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Sloane Rasberry waits for her turn to race during the 6th annual Madison Ave. Soapbox Derby in Oakhurst on Saturday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

The 2017 Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby returns for its 7th year on Oct. 7. and registration is now open.

Last year, around 1,000 spectators came to see close to 100 kids compete in the race.

“Competitors are divided into age groups with awards given out for fastest times and most creative car themes,” a press release for the event says.

The derby welcomes families and is free to attend. A few of the local sponsors are Universal Joint and Oakhurst Market. Proceeds from the 2017 derby go to support Decatur Robotics.

“We’re excited to expose more Decatur students closer to this science and technology fields,” June Torrance, Decatur Robotics president said in the press release. “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.”

Since 2011, the Soapbox Derby has brought in over $100,000 for children-oriented charities around the Decatur area, like Gigi’s Playhouse and Hagar’s House.

“The Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby brings out the community spirit that makes Decatur so special,” said Raul Trujillo, longtime Madison Avenue resident and one of the founders of the event. “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.”

You can register as a competitor or volunteer, or make a donation to the derby at madisonavesoapboxderby.org.

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