Soapbox Derby Call for Entries

The College Hill Corridor is giving the Soapbox Derby another run. The event will take place on Sunday, April 11, on the Magnolia Street hill, following Second Sunday Brunch in Washington Park, and ending with a block party down Magnolia Street.

Now is the time to register or sponsor a team to race in the derby. Everyone who registers will receive a free t-shirt to commemorate the event. The application and race regulations are found on the left-hand side of this site. You can also find copies at the Mercer Village merchants. Completed applications should be returned to the College Hill Alliance office at 1624B Coleman Avenue or e-mailed to by Monday, April 5.

Two winners will be chosen for the Soapbox Derby, one for People’s Choice and one for Fastest Car. The winner of Fastest Car will receive a $100 gift card from Zingo Transportation — a designated-driving service — along with 20 free custom-print t-shirts from Magnolia Press and a Soapbox Derby trophy.

Details for the Day:

Second Sunday Brunch will kick things off and feature the Laura Reed Band playing from noon until 2 p.m. Soapbox entries will be inspected at 1:15 p.m. and voting begins on People’s Choice for most creative car at 1:30 p.m. The actual Soapbox Derby takes place at 2:30 p.m.

Since the street will be closed for the race, the event will also include a coinciding block party along Magnolia Street. Neighbors will serve free snacks and desserts to race-goers and host live music porch parties, roving local art galleries and sidewalk chalk drawing. The Magnolia Street Block Party kicks off during the race and lasts until 5 p.m.

Parking is available at the Washington Memorial Library, the College Street Post Office, Joshua Cup Coffee, and the Orange Street lot (access via High Street).