One of Brantford’s longest-running annual events will be back this Labour Day.
The 56th annual Soap Box Derby kicks off Monday morning on Icomm Drive.
“The Soap Box Derby is one event that never gets old and it’s always a thrill to watch for the hundreds of people that line the hill each year,” Garry MacDonald, president of the BDLC said. “It’s still not too late to build a car to enter this year’s derby. All racers, win or lose, receive a toonie after each run down the hill, along with an official derby T-shirt and goodie bag.”
Registration for the derby begins at 8 a.m. The race starts at 9 a.m. and will run until noon.
More than 70 participants who have created homemade cars are expected to compete in this year’s event.
The Piston Pushers Car Club will award trophies on originality and appearance. The club’s hot rods and classic cars will be on display during the event.
Brantford Mayor Chris Friel, Brant MPP Dave Levac and MP Phil McColeman will present winners with trophies following the race.
A full list of rules for the event are available online at www.brantfordlabourcouncil.ca.
The derby is only one of three events the BDLC will hold in recognition of Labour Day. The second annual Solidarity March begins at 1 p.m. on Monday following the Soap Box Derby.
The march starts and ends in the Brantford and District Labour Centre parking lot on Clarence Street and includes a brief tour through the city’s downtown.
“The march is open to all affiliates of the labour council,” Don Guest, BDLC first vice-president said. “Again this year, we are extending an open invitation to all wage-earners in Brant and surrounding area, unionized or not. Everyone is invited to walk with us: farmers, migrant workers, temp services workers, social justice groups and agencies, students, retirees, Occupy Brantford and other activists.”
Family Fun Fest will also return this year from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Brantford and District Labour Centre parking lot following the Solidarity March.
Hartmann North America is sponsoring bouncy castles, slides, an inflatable obstacle course, free kids’ games, contests with prizes, face painting, balloon animals, clowns and other family-friendly entertainment.
Steve Sinnicks and his band will be performing during the event.
Hot dogs, hamburgers and fries will be on sale with all proceeds donated to the Brant United Way.