Two back-to-back races in Franklin County set for September 12th and 19th Sundays
Nash Mill Road in Greenfield
With the return to life with public events, Franklin County will host not one but two soapbox races this September, in back-to-back weekends. Greenfield starts with theirs on Sunday, September 12th at the Recreational Park on Nash Mill Road, followed by the return of Montague's race on Sunday, September 19th at Unity Park. Both races are fundraisers for their respective town's Recreation Departments.
American ingenuity will be on kinetic display and rewarded in these fun, family-friendly events. Each race will have trophies for the fastest three carts in each age division: kids, teens and adults, as well as several custom trophies for creative style.
The Montague race will be called by veteran announcer Russ Brown, and Greenfield's race will be called by radio personality Kevin on Bear Country. Both races will have celebrity "Style Judges", with Rep. Natalie Blais and WRSI radio personality Monte Belmonte judging Montague's racer carts, and Rep Paul Mark and local artist Rachel Katz judging Greenfield's racer carts.
Vendors will be on hand, as well as 50/50 raffles and the obligatory t-shirts and other collectables, all to raise funds for town recreational programs, such as scholarships for summer camp in Montague, and the coming-soon skate park in Greenfield.
For the adventurous who wish to build a cart and enter the race, as well as those who wish to sponsor the race and maybe even individual teams, you can find the rules and forms on their respective websites: GreenfieldSoapboxRaces.com and MontagueSoapboxRaces.com.
Both races are members of the Northeast Soapbox Association, a new venture by former Montague Soapbox Race Director and chair of the new Greenfield soapbox race committee, Mik Muller.
"Building a simple cart out of scap materials with your own hands and racing it down a hill against other people in their carts, using only gravity for speed, is so satisfying," said Mr. Muller, who added "I am hoping the races will spread to other towns. I would very much like to help that happen."
Anyone interested in keeping up on the latest developments, or volunteering or supporting either race, should go to the respective race websites.
Anyone interested in starting a derby in their own town may contact Mr. Muller at NortheastSoapbox.org
Posted: to Northeast Soapbox News on Fri, May 28, 2021
Updated: Wed, Feb 9, 2022