Northern Maine Soapbox Derby Returns

HOULTON, Maine (WAGM) – The annual Northern Maine Soapbox Derby returns after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. WAGM Isaac Potter was in Houlton and has the story.

The last time the Northern Maine Soapbox Derby was held was in June 2019. After a two-year hiatus, the “Thrill of the Hill” returns to Aroostook County. The day started with the races starting at 8 a.m.

There are two divisions riders could compete in, the stock division which is for ages 7-13. Or the super stock division which concerns 9-18 year olds. There’s also a stock super car that can run up to six feet tall and 150 pounds.

Wes Grant is one of the Soap Box Derby race directors and says it’s great to be back. Grant mentions that the community helped come back immediately after a two-year hiatus.

Wes Grant, the race director says, “Actually, I’ll tell you we have a bunch of amazing people, a bunch of amazing businesses in the community, and you know the elders have stepped in and taken care of that. .

There were 22 participants who took part in the event. Gemma Wells attended this event a few years ago before the pandemic. She says she was nervous before the race, but it was great to be back.

Super Stock Division rider Gemma Wells said: “Well it was really great to be back and see everyone, and see old riders and new riders, and get back in cars and everything. It’s really fun.

David Dahlk was also in the Super Stock division and has competed in past years. Dahlk also says there’s nothing like rolling down the hill and feeling the wind.

Super Stock Division racer David Dahlk said: “Honestly the thrill of the hill is very exciting, coming down the hill and the wind in your face. It’s quite fun.

Gabe Sloat won the Stock division and David Dahlk won the Super Stock division. Sloat and Dahlk will now compete in the All-American race in Ohio in July. It was a fun day for the runners, the volunteers, the fans and even the journalist.

Isaac Potter, news source 8

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