soap box derby poster 2023

The Annual Tamworth Soap Box Derby is Back Again!

The Tamworth Canada Day Soap Box Derby will run again this year on Bridge Street
West. It is a fun filled afternoon of kids (and older ’kids’) in three age categories, where
they run their home built carts down a hill course to the finish line. Each contestant will
get at least two runs down the course in the competition, racing against another person
in the same age category. The three age categories are: 6 to 10 years; 11 to 15 years
and 16 years and up. The rules and specifications are quite simple, along with the
safety factors that one must adhere to. For example: Carts are to be 5 ft to 7 ft long,
have 4 wheels (the bottom of the cart cannot be more than 10 inches from the road and
not less than 6 inches); each wheel must be held in place with a nut or cotter pin; the
axles cannot be more than 36 inches in width; it must have steering that is limited to
max 1 ½ inches travel in either direction, and must have a brake to make the cart stop
at the end of the course – once it passes the finish line.

Other factors are: that your parent must sign the waiver on the entry registration form (if
you are under 18 years old), and you must wear a helmet (bicycle, hockey, skidoo, ATV
helmets will do) and you must wear closed toed shoes when racing the cart. More
description, registration form, contact info, rules and other finer points can be read on
the website under events.

After the races and the awards are complete, you may have your cart in the Tamworth
Canada Day parade! Last year we had entries from Belleville, Tweed, Newburgh,
Erinsville, Yarker and of course Tamworth. We had 36 cart and driver entries last year
and there were about 350 spectators and cheering families along the sidelines. It’s
always great to have new families come out to the festivities, activities, and later on, to
the fireworks!

If you don’t have a cart, we have a few spare carts that you may borrow for your race,
(but please mention this at the registration table)

This event was originally begun to get kids and their parents/guardians working together
to build a soap box race cart, to help build family and sibling relationships, and to race in
an annual community event. They can modify the cart each year and re-enter every
year into this and other Soap Box races. It is a family fun way to spend an afternoon on
Canada Day! Come out, bring a friend, a lawn chair and be part of the fun!!!

Let’s hope for good weather! Come on out and cheer on the racers!!

2024 RULES Soap Box Derby


 (Click on each form above to Download a copy)