Adult Soap Box Derby returns to Sharon July 23
SHARON — The Sharon Fire Department will host its third annual adult soap box derby, on Saturday, July 23, at Veteran’s Field, Sharon Station Road. Registration is open from 7 to 10:30 a.m. All drivers are required to attend a meeting that will begin at 10:30 a.m. The race starts at 11 a.m.The derby is only open to drivers 21 and over. It’s a do-it-yourself competition. Entrants must build the cars themselves, and can not use kits. Complete rules can be downloaded at www.sharonfiredept.org/files.html.There are six categories this year: Speed, Creative, Ladies, Crash, Emergency Services and Time Trials. “It’s a test of engineering ability, racing prowess and sheer determination,” according to the fire department website. Cars do not have to be super fast — just “super cool.”In the 2009 competition there were 25 racers from five states. In 2010, the number of entries increased to 38. Still more are expected to compete this year.There will be a refreshments tent with food and soft drinks available for purchase. Visitors are welcome to bring their own beer and wine, but are asked not to bring hard liquor. Portable rest rooms and wash stations will be on site. Pets are welcome but owners must take responsibility for them — including cleaning up after them.For more information and for photos from previous years, go online to www.sharonfiredept.org.