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(Posted 6 p.m., April 24)
Soap Box Derby returns to Orléans after one year hiatus

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Area soap box derby enthusiasts will no doubt be happy to learn that the Orléans Soap Box Derby will be returning on June 7 after a one year hiatus.

Due to scheduling issues last year's derby had to be cancelled, a decision that was difficult to make for the event's founder and lead organizer Carlos Condé.

"I had a lot going on last year between my son's soccer and other commitments, so we weren't able to pull it off, but we're back this year and everything seems to be coming together," says Condé.

The derby is once again being held on Orléans Boulevard between Carriere Street and St. Joseph Boulevard.

Condé is hoping for 60 participants, which is the ideal number for a derby with only two lanes. It means that each particpant will be able to race approximately every 30 minutes.

Trophies and prizes are up for grabs in four different divisions: Participant (built from scratch or a stock kit; Hobby (home built from a kit with some enhancements); Hobby Pro (Karts with enhancements); and Open (Karts with major enhancements).

Condé is hoping for a mix of past particpants and newcomers, who are either the younger siblings of past participants or new to the sport altogether.

The soap box derby race presents an excellent opportunity for parents to work on a project with their son or daughter. A basic kit is reasonably inexpensive at about $295 plus shipping, and they are relatively easy to put together. Used cars can also be purchased through the Orleans Soap Box Derby website at www.orleanssoapbox.com, which also has all the information you need to get started.

Racers can range in age from eight years old to adults, who can use the same karts as their children while competing in a separate division.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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