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9th Annual Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby set for Saturday, Oct. 5 in Decatur


9th Annual Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby set for Saturday, Oct. 5 in Decatur

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Henry Manso waits in his car for the start of the 6th annual Madison Ave. Soapbox Derby in Oakhurst. File Photo: Jonathan Phillips


On Saturday, Oct. 5, the 9th Annual Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby will be held in Decatur from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The food area for the event will open at 11 a.m. and stay open until the event ends at 5 p.m. Food and drink options will include tents from local restaurants such as UJoint, Steinbeck’s, Matador, Three Taverns, Steel City Pops, and a tent for baked goods and t-shirts for $20.

According to a recent press release, “in 2018, the event had more than 1,300 attendees and 100 racers,” so come ready to picnic and spectate with family and friends.

The starting line is at 198 Madison Avenue.

The beneficiary for this year’s event is the Global Village Project, a school that was founded in Decatur in 2009 with a purpose of providing education to refugee young women.

Global Village Project teaches a group of students from more than 12 countries, its community speaking more than 16 different languages. Within one school year, these young women go on more than 25 experiential learning trips and hands-on field trips.

The Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby has raised more than $150,000 for local charities that serve children since its start in 2011, and this year, it will aid in continuing education for this community of students.

For more information about the Soapbox Derby, including a schedule of events, click here.

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