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Soap box racers find their thrills on Mill Street hill

Ava climbs aboard her racer. She won the age 8 category, Saturday in Milford.

Nearly 50 soap box racers tested their mettle on the Mill Street Hill in Bloomfield Saturday.

The annual Hallowell and Bloomfied Recreation derby brought County residents and visitors to the competition.

Will Prinzen and Benjamin Runions won the age 5-7 cateorgy. Ava Cronk was tops in the age 8 group, while Colton Knock led the pack in the ages 9-12 group.

While organizers believe the Bloomfield event is in its 25th year; racers also flocked to the first South Marysburgh soap box derby earlier this month, hosted by the recreation committee.

Volunteers help Abraham’s run under way. He chose a car created by Picton Home Hardware.

Malcom gets the checkers at the finish line in a Home Hardware donated car.

South Marysburgh councillor Steve Ferguson, said the committee was assisted by Nick Nowitski from Consecon’s derby, along with many volunteers. The next step, he hopes, is to create a soap box derby circuit involving all the wards.

Milford’s first race was set up in the style of Consecon’s. Steve Ferguson photo

Milford’s was set up in Consecon’s style with double ramps. Consecon’s 8th annual event is set for Saturday, Aug. 4 – open to riders aged seven through 16. Registration is free of charge. Homemade cars are welcome. There is also a fleet available for those who do not wish to build their own.

Ready with the flag at the Milford derby finish line. – Steve Ferguson photo

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