The 69th annual Northwest Indiana Soap Box Derby will be held Saturday in downtown Valparaiso.
At 7 a.m. the national anthem will be sung, followed by a community prayer. The derby will begin at 8 a.m.
“The start of the race is at Greenwich Street and ends at Morgan Boulevard, by Around the Clock restaurant,” said Christine Martel, secretary for the Northwest Indiana Soap Box Derby committee.
“This is the 69th running of the soap box derby,” Martel said. “It’s nice because the kids and the families get involved. It brings families together. Kids work with parents and get to get outside. It’s a very family-friendly event.”
“The winners get to go to Akron, Ohio, for the national championship,” said Martel.
Since 1934, Ohio has hosted the All-American Soap Box Derby.
Annually, more than 550 children between the ages of 7 to 17, from 40 states across the United States plus Canada, Germany, Japan and New Zealand represent their hometown in the Akron All-American Soap Box Derby.
The Northwest Indiana Soap Box Derby is hosted by the Valparaiso American Legion Post 94. According to Martel, Post 94, “does a lot with youth programs and veterans.”
The event is free to spectators and almost all of the participant slots have been filled.
Casey is a freelancer.
Northwest Indiana Soap Box Derby
8 a.m. Saturday