Hay bales lined Madison Avenue on Saturday, Oct. 5, waiting to catch flying soapbox racers as they raced down the hill.
There were lots of creative touches on display, including a novelty soapbox poking fun at the planters on West Howard Avenue. Some dads attached retractable leashes to the bumpers of the vehicles and trotted behind them as they sped past the spectators.
The weather was a bit overcast, but pleasant enough. There were food and drink vendors nearby, with Oakhurst Market serving up some juicy burgers and hot dogs. Proceeds from this year’s event went to the Global Village Project, a school that was founded in Decatur in 2009 with a purpose of providing education to refugee young women.
Saturday’s event was the ninth year the soapboxes and their daredevil drivers took over Madison Avenue. The event has grown each year and the 10th annual derby will be held in 2020.
Here are some scenes from Saturday’s festivities.
Taylor Kate Garner,10, from the Mario Kart Allstars team speeds toward the finish line.
Declan Coyne on left and his sister Anabel give a thumbs up after completing a heat in their Jurassic Park Jeep during the 9th annual Madison Avenue Derby.
Anna Maria Pope tools down the course in her team Descendants car.