Sharon Fire Department hosts third Adult Soap Box Derby
SHARON —The third annual Adult Soap Box Derby races into scenic Sharon Valley this Saturday, July 23, at Veterans Field in the scenic Sharon Valley. For the past two years, the Sharon Volunteer Fire Department has been host to the most interesting racing the area has to offer. A true do-it-yourself challenge for adults, it borders on foolish but is such highly contagious fun and is so outrageously entertaining that organizers anticipate record numbers for both spectators and entries, making this (we hope) one of the largest single-day events in the fire department’s 122-year history.There are relatively few rules in the derby to inhibit imagination and talent. To keep racers honest, organizers have instituted safety requirements that each car and driver must adhere to or they won’t be allowed to race. Check out the entries in Pit Lane, talk with the drivers prior to the race and then cheer them on as they push the envelope of sanity after the green flag drops (promptly at 11 a.m.). The racing is fast and fluid, some entries are pushing 45 mph entering Turn 3 and some entries have to be pushed across the finish line. Some end up a pile of parts and junk. But all are a hit with the public. It’s a family fun day that offers free admission, free parking, free shuttle and free bounce houses for the kiddies. Food is available for purchase and includes fresh onion rings, handmade French fries, fresh hamburgers and chicken nuggets for $2 each; Boars Head hotdogs, soda and water for $1 each. Spectators are welcome to bring beer and wine along with lawn chairs, coolers and cameras. Join the excitement of this year’s derby, witness the insanity and have yourself a laugh-out-loud good time while supporting the local volunteer fire department.