The second annual Kinsmen Ladysmith Days Soapbox Derby is in the books for another year but according to Kinsmen chair, Jason Kelland,
“It’s getting stronger and a lot more local businesses are wanting to get involved”.
Kelland said that the club is copying the type of event that’s been happening in Port Alberni for the past six years.
“They have a very successful event that attracts over 30 carts. In a few years that’s where we’re hoping to be in Ladysmith”, he went on to say.
Alberni has 3 categories and it’s the plan of the Kinsmen club to expand to that for following years. The 2019 event had just a six to 12 year old category and all carts were built from the same kit with no modifications.
“This made the playing field more fair” Kelland said.
This year we had three major sponsors as well as eleven cart sponsors and that was a large increase over last year. There was also 22 participant drivers which double the first year’s event.
“We are very happy with how the whole event is taking off” stated Kelland, “and we look forward to an even bigger event next year at Ladysmith Days”.
The 2019 Soapbox Derby winners were; third place Kaydenn Seifried with Lorelei Perreault taking second place and going home with the first place ribbon was Brynn Hawes.
The Kinsmen would like to thank the sponsors of the event being:
- Doug Routley (gold)
- Budget Blinds (silver)
- A&W (pit sponsors).
As well the cart sponsors, for the event would not have happened if it wasn’t for their support:
- David Stalker Excavating
- Home Hardware
- Ladysmith Collision
- Treescape Landscape
- Cheri Mactier
- Gamble Contracting
- Big O Tires
- John Surtees
- Magnolia Midwifery
- Shane’s Automotive Repair
- 49th Parallel Grocery