Greenfield Soapbox Races to be Held September 12th, 2021
Event will support recreation projects in Greenfield
Greenfield's first-ever soapbox race will be held on Nash Mill Road at the Greenfield Recreation area and "swimming pool" on Sunday, September 12th. The first race will start at noon.
The event is a fundraiser for the Greenfield Skate Park, through Friends of Greenfield Recreation who do fundraising support for the Greenfield Rec Department. Revenue will be generated by donations, sponsors, vendors, and racers.
Racers will bring their homemade carts to the hill and compete for best time trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in three divisions: kids, teens and adults. There will also be awards for creative style. Racers must be at least 8 years old on race day, and adults are encouraged to enter as well. Carts may be entered by individuals as well as local organizations and businesses. Sponsoring carts is allowed and teams are encouraged. Application forms and full racer rules can be found on the derby's website: GreenfieldSoapboxRaces.com
As this is a fundraiser, the committee is looking for race sponsors as well as vendors. Sponsorship levels start at $100 for a track-side sign and a thank you and listing on the website, with higher levels gaining more exposure. Those interested can find more information on the website.
The race will be called by radio personality Kevin in the Morning at Bear Country. "I've been talking about Montague's derby on the radio with race director Mik Muller for years and am honored to be the announcer for the first ever race in Greenfield!" Kevin added "It should be a great day of family fun."
State Rep. Paul Mark will be one of this year's celebrity style judges. "Being a style judge will be a first for me. Very much looking forward to seeing all the creative carts the racers build."
Rachel Katz, owner of the Greenfield Gallery on Main Street, will also be a style judge this year. "Wow, I'm so happy the soapbox races are coming back! Always such a great event, and I'm happy to help raise funds for the skate park, which I'm a big advocate of," said Katz.
Race committee chair Mik Muller said he is excited to help bring soapbox racing to Greenfield. "The races in Montague were memorable and I've always thought there should be more in Franklin County. Once people see how fun this event is, hopefully other towns will want to have one as well!"
This is a community effort and help is needed. If you would like to get involved with planning or volunteering for this event, please contact the committee through the website.
Posted: to Racing News on Wed, Apr 21, 2021
Updated: Thu, Jun 17, 2021