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Canada Day Soap Box Derby Bert Korporaal


t was another great day in Tamworth during this year’s Canada Day festivities. The annual Soap Box Derby was a huge success again! There were twenty-one entries in the three age categories. We also had a special guest who ran the hill twice, MP Mike Bossio.

Everyone had a whale of a time. The two younger age categories (6 to 10 years and 11 to 15 years) were run as a round-robin elimination. All the younger participants raced multiple times to determine the winners. For the older category of 16+ years, the racers were timed with two runs each, as time was limited before the parade. Many, many thanks go out to the Stone Mills Township Public Works Department for their support, the Tamworth Canada Day Committee, Tamworth Variety and Gas, Stone Mills Fire and Rescue, Signs Plus for their donation of signs, the Tamworth and District Lions Club for their support and volunteers, and especially all the volunteers who helped in many ways. Last but not least, thank you to all the residents along Bridge Street West, for their patience and support in running this annual event. We also like to thank those who provided free bottles of cold water on a hot day! It takes an involved and caring community to put on all the events for the Canada Day celebrations, which relies on public help, donations and volunteerism. A soap box derby is no different, with the planning, organizing and preparation, driver and cart registration, cart inspections, starters, setup and takedown of the

The best painted and decorated cart award went to Morgan Wingate for her unicorn cart.

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Race results this year were: Age 6 to 10 years: 1st place: Ashton Lavoie, 2nd place: Olivia Kroeker, 3rd place: Morgan Wingate. Age 11 to 15 years: 1st place: Chance Campbell, 2nd place: Jacob

Soudant, 3rd place: Jacob Wood. Age 16+ years: 1st place: Michael Soudant, 2nd place: Dave Soudant. And the best painted and decorated cart award went to Morgan Wingate for her unicorn cart. Thank you to all who took part! Most noteworthy, we thank the derby participants and all the friends, families, and spectators who came out to cheer on the racers. They all added to the excitement and enthusiasm of this event, despite the summer heat and humidity. We trust that you will get together and start planning to build yourselves a cart over the winter and spring for July 1st next year! Keep your eye on the www.Tamworth.ca website for updates, events and for information on next year’s Soap Box Derby. See you all next year!

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The SCOOP // August / September 2019  

The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...

The SCOOP // August / September 2019  

The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...