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.