Photocast: Soap Box Derby Day in Waynesboro

Photos by Chris Graham

This assignment wasn’t hard. The sound of the “Star-Spangled Banner” to open this year’s Blue Ridge Classic Soap Box Derby in Downtown Waynesboro was what awakened me out of bed this morning.

Main Street in front of the Augusta Free Press Publishing headquarters is a racetrack today, with kids in pairs heading down the steep hill at speeds in the 30-miles-per-hour range all morning and most of the afternoon.

Seventy-seven racers are entered in the five derby divisions this year.

That number is down sharply from previous race years. 

The five local champions who will be crowned at the end of the day’s action will represent the River City in the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, on July 26.

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