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Our Vision: Derby Races all Summer long, all over the Valley
Every August during Salem Days we run our little soap box derby. This event is so much fun that we feel kinda' sorry for any towns that don't have one.

So . . . why not? Every town in the county has a community festival during the summer. Why not run a soap box derby so the families in their town can have as much fun as we do?

Here's kind of how the schedule might shake out:

SpringvilleArt City DaysFirst of June
Orem Family Summer Fest Middle of June
Pleasant Grove Strawberry Days Middle of June
Provo Freedom Festival Fourth of July
American Fork Steel Days Week after July 4th
Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Week of July 24th
Santaquin Orchard Days End of July
Salem Salem Days First week of August
Utah County Utah County Fair Middle of August
Payson Onion Days Labor Day
Every one of those races is going to have some winners. Wouldn't it be cool if we could have them all meet at a big championship race at the end of the year? If only we had some big event that happened about the middle of September . . .

Hey! Wait a minute. Doesn’t the Utah State Fair happen right about then?

What if we had a great big championship race at the Utah State Fair between all the racers from all over the valley? I think that would be a great idea (I'm glad you thought of it)!

In addition to the festivals I mentioned above you've got your . . .

Lehi Roundup
Alpine Days
Mapleton Pioneer Days
Pony Express Days
Saratoga Splash
Genola Town
Cedar Hills Family Festival
Lindon Days
Highland Fling
Swiss Days in Midland
I'm not leaving you guys out—I was just putting together a sample schedule. We hope everybody holds a race. And we hope that everyone that does might be welcome to the idea of racers from other communities joining in. That way these guys that go to the effort of building a car get to race it more than once a year.

So far Spanish Fork and American Fork do a race. Orem has considered it. Payson is planning one for Labor Day 2016. Maybe Salem could get back on board. The people there love it; just have to convince the City. If we can get four or five cities to have races in the next couple of years, I think this deal can take off. Maybe by 2018 we can be doing the State Fair thing.

So think about it—then drop me a line. Fleany 'at' gmail.com. I want to help. I'm not going to do your work for you—I've got my hands full. So your first step is to appoint someone to pitch it to the committee or City Council and then put together a committee to organize the race. I've got equipment you can use and ideas and experience and I want you to put on a successful race.

Seriously, let's get this done.


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