Soap Box Derby planned for July 1

Cache Creek is planning to add a soap box derby to its Canada Day activities.

Soap Box Derbies are still in popular demand in some parts of the world, and Cache Creek Activities Programmer Marcie Down is hoping that Cache Creek will be one of them.

Down made a pitch to Cache Creek Council at the March 9 meeting to add a soap box race to the Canada Day activities in town.

“We need to do something different for Canada Day,” she said.

A one time a popular event with a parade, an appointed king and queen, bingo, other games and activities, Canada Day celebrations in Cache Creek for the past two years have included little more than a family dance at the community hall.

“That’s very ambitious,” replied Mayor John Ranta to her plans. “I don’t want to jeopardize any enthusiasm for the event, but it would take a significant commitment from the youth and their parents, and investment for wheels and such.”

He noted that the suggested course – a pathway down the hill overlooking the community part – is very rough and not very long. He also wondered if they could stir up enough interest to make it a success.

Down said she had been talking to a woman who helped organize Clinton’s soap box races a few years ago. She said she was hoping to attract Clinton’s soap box racers as well as tempt some new ones in Cache Creek.

“I actually raced soap boxes as a child in Ashcroft,” admitted Coun. Wyatt McMurray, who now owns several A&W restaurants, flies airplanes and helicopters and races cars.

“I think we can get the numbers,” said Coun. David Dubois.

Down said she would be making up different categories and calling for an early registration in June. There would also be safety testing of the soap boxes to make sure they could turn and brake and wouldn’t in any way injure their driver.

Down said she wanted to try and increase the activities in the park this year so that people could have a variety of things to do.

Just Posted

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

Input sought from Cache Creek businesses on Downtown Vision plan

Attracting and retaining employees and businesses are priorities

Community Futures gets more funding to continue business support program

Programs such as Business Ambassadors help small businesses, not-for-profits, and First Nations

Make Children First’s CareFairs are going out with a bang

Folllowing changes to funding, upcoming CareFairs in the region will be the last ones ever held

Support available for those looking after loved ones with dementia

Despite the growing number of people with dementia, a stigma still surrounds it

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

Pope’s sex abuse prevention summit explained

It’s A high-stakes meeting designed to impress on Catholic bishops the global problem

B.C. ticket holder winner of $25.9-million Lotto Max jackpot

Next draw set for Mar. 1 with an estimated jackpot of $10 million

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

No treatment for highly infectious measles, says doctor

10 cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver as of Friday

Two more measles cases confirmed in Vancouver

It brings the number of total cases within the city connected to the outbreak to ten

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

Most Read