Hey all. Are you building a cart for the September 19th Soapbox Races (and if not, why not!?!) and need some help or advice? Well, ponder no more…
Come to a soapbox cart build party at Nova Motocycles on 2nd Street in Turners this Saturday morning at 10:00. There will be some extra bike parts and small lumber on hand and “experts” who may be helpful.
Hey all. The Montague Soapbox Race is back on this coming September, and my buddy Ben Goldsher is entering a cart for Hawks & Reed. He has enlisted the help of Ben Mailloux of Half Pint Homes to build it, and we’re looking for a used bike. Willing to pay, but a donation would be accepted as well. Any kind of bike will do, though a kids bike with foot brakes would be higher up our wish list.
Also, if any one out there wants to enter a cart, too, or maybe be a sponsor of some kind (the race is a fundraiser for Parks & Rec), you can check out https://MontagueSoapboxRaces.com for more info.
Over the past nine months I have been contacted by dozens of people about why the derby did not happen in 2014, and will it happen in 2015? Well, the answer to both questions is the same. The Montague Soapbox Derby needs a sponsor: an organization that is willing to be the fiscal agent, and the administrator of the derby.
MCTV was the owner for the first four years of the derby. They took out the insurance, and set up the bank account where all monies went into and came out of. And they were the beneficiary. If there was any profit, it went towards the station's capital needs for things like cameras, etc.
After running it for four years the board of directors and staff of MCTV decided not to hold it the following year, and ultimately to divest themselves of it altogether. It was now time to find a new owner for the derby.
I contacted many organizations in Montague. By March of 2014 it was apparent I was coming up empty, so I called it. No derby that year. I tried one additional organization in January of this year, 2015, but after a month of deliberations, they decided to not pick it up either.
So now I am appealing to the general public, and calling all organizations in Montague. If you enjoyed the derby in the past, or are looking to potentially bring in some money at an annual event, please contact me and let me know if you are interested in being the new owner of this event.
What does it take? At a minimum, you will need to set up a bank account, take out the insurance, and be the official organization associated with the event when meeting with the police department, fire dept, parks and recreation, and the select board. You would also need to build a committee of about seven or eight people, each with active participation in building the event. On the day of the event it takes about 40 volunteers.
I would definitely remain on the planning committee and would act as a consultant to the event, though I do not really want to be the director anymore. I would actually like to race in it for once!
Although MCTV did not fully maximize all the potential income, we did learn many things over the first four years, and now know what it would take to have the event generate several thousand dollars... while providing a day's entertainment for everyone.
A full planning document is available from the homepage of MontagueSoapboxDerby.com.
So, if you have Montague pride, and belong to an organization that has active board and member participation, and are seeking potential new income from an annual event, please contact me at 413-320-5336 about taking on the Montague Soapbox Derby.
Clifford H. Phillips, 50, of 117 Ashfield Road, Buckland, died Friday, Oct. 3, at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
He was born in Holyoke, Sept. 29, 1964, the son of Neil and Patricia (Underwood) Phillips.
He was a 1982 graduate of Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls.
He was an equipment operator for Local Union 98 based in Springfield.
For the past seven years Cliff owned and operated Cliff ’s Smo k in’ Backyard Barbeque in Buckland.
Cliff was a member of the Western MA Rod and Gun Club, the Fraternal Order of Eagles both in Shelburne Falls and the Ashfield (MA) Rod and Gun Club.
An avid snowmobiler he was a member of the Buckland Riders. He also enjoyed deep sea fishing and four-wheeling adventures.
Survivors besides his mother of Buckland include his wife the former Kelly E. Charette whom he married on October 11, 1997; his step-daughter Ashley Sturgeon of Easthampton; his brother John Phillips of Warren, NH; and three grandchildren Willow, Blue and Layla Sturgeon.
There will be calling hours Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home in Shelburne Falls.
There will be a celebration of life service at a later date to be announced.
It is suggested donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation of MA, RI, NH, & VT, 85 Astor Avenue, Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062.
Sorry to say it, but I don't think there'll be a Soapbox Derby this year. MCTV has enough on its plate this summer and fall to be able to spare any resources to run the derby, and I need to focus on my business, so unless an organization steps forward to run it, I'm going to skip a year.
Yes, there were a myriad of problems setting up and recording the Soap Box Derby, it is a big and complicated task. I am impressed at how well the MCTV staff and volunteer crew kept their cool and held it together, problem solving one thing after another. It was my pleasure to be part of the process. I think we got a recording, so you will have to see the race post-production, Art.
Yes, we looked forward to broadcasting it on MCTV as well. But, despite our best intentions and testing -- someone sabotaged the line from the park down to the port we normally plugged in to broadcast. The wire was laid out on Thursday, and tested multiple times. So, probably Saturday night someone came along and compromised the cable in multiple locations. We found one of the points, but not the other(s) on Sunday morning when the staff was setting up. No matter what we tried, the station was getting only black from the park. Oh what a world. Next year we try something different.
Get ready to race in the Montague Soapbox Derby on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013!
Visit our website www.MontagueSoapboxDerby.com to sign up for one of the 100 available racing slots. We've kept the advance racer fees at the same rate to make it affordable. Sign up right now! As an incentive, the first 25 racers will get some free derby shwag.
We are also looking for race day volunteers; please let us know if you can help. We've got t-shirts and other collectibles for volunteers, and will provide refreshments.
Good News For Local Businesses
We are working with many local public access TV stations so we can air the race live on more area cable access stations this year in addition to Montague, including Greenfield, Shelburne, and very likely Bernardston / Northfield and the Deerfield area as well. We can offer some great publicity to the fine local businesses who have sponsored the Derby as well as some new ones. Space is limited, so if you know of a business that would like to be a sponsor, please let us know. All sponsors will not only have a hay-bale banner at the race, but will be mentioned on the air by the announcer, as well as showing up in print on the screen. Don't miss it.
We will also be listing sponsors on our Facebook page as they come aboard. Please check it out, like it, and pass it on.
For those of you who participated last year, note that we will have 2 reliable back-up generators to avoid any electrical interruptions. We apologize for last year's long interruption and will conduct intensive public relations to boost attendance.
If you have questions, please visit the website. All will be answered there.
I'm looking to upgrade the seats of two soapbox carts. If you have an old broken or unwanted cheap-o folding beach chair (the small one) and don't want it anymore, please let me know. I'll stop by and grab it. I need two. Color and material don't matter. Thanks.
Montague Soapbox Derby is looking for someone to put together a nice PowerPoint presentation for the derby. Will include Underwriters, sponsors and advertisers. As a fundraising event the position won't be paid cash, but instead you get a t-shirt, a pint glass, and a slide in the presentation to be accompany the shoot broadcast live -- and repeated several times throughout the month on MCTV and other local stations, and again in subsequent years.
Outrageous clothing wanted. Bring to TFRC table at the Derby
RiverCulture is excited to have a table at the Derby! We are seeking donations of outrageous clothing for our CostumeCulture shop in October and will have a donation box at our Derby table. More info here. http://www.montaguem...7&ID=303&success=yes Consider looking through your closets for something crazy to contribute.
I just ran my cart on the turners falls track with the help of John Landino and it is slower than before it was paved. I ran the same car just before it was paved and it was a lot faster. The new ramps will be a great addition and it sure will give add a couple MPH. My new cart on the new pavement was about the same speed my old cart was last year.
I still have lots of free bikes and bike parts for those who want to build a cart. If you need a bike for just riding around come over and pick one out. Joe landry 863 2915
There are two events this weekend related to the Montague Soapbox Derby:
Saturday August 20th is Montague Old Home Days.
We're looking for carts to be in the parade, and then show off during the day. Race Director Mik Muller will be on hand to answer questions and hand out racer applications, and show off some of last year's carts!
Montague town common, Montague Center (corner of Main Street and Center Street)
Parade starts at 2:00 -- show up at 1:45 if you want to be in it.
Post Parade cart show-off: 3:00
Sunday August 21st is the Soapbox Build Party at Joe Landry's House.
From 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Joe Landry will open up his studio and workshop to those who need help with their carts. Joe also has about 50 old bicycles set aside just for cutting up and turning into carts and the tools to make it happen! Perfect photo op!
181 Turners Falls Road, Turners Falls, MA 01376
The Second Annual Montague Soapbox Derby will be held on Saturday, September 17th, 2011, at Unity Park in Turners Falls, MA. Up to 100 derby carts will compete for real metal trophy cups and local artist-rendered style-trophies.
The Official Derby Announcers will include Franklin County representative Steve Kulik, Montague selectboard member Pat Allen, Montague town clerk Deb Borbeau and the Duke of Sports' Russ Brown.
The Montague Soapbox Derby is a fundraiser for Montague Community TV.
For more information, call Race Director Mik Muller. (413) 320-5336
Why don't you guys put your energy into building a soapbox derby car. Call it " The Political Piss Pot " or something along those lines. Or Jimmy Cracked Corn... Or maybe a car like on Animal House. that was a cool car.
Anyways the derby is coming. It would be neat if there were a few rivalries battling it out for the trophy. Kind of like the conversation on this board. Only at the derby you will win atrophy. Not sure what the prize is on this board.
Montague Soapbox Derby at Turners Falls Block Party
Turners Falls -- Winners from the 2010 Montague Soapbox Derby, as well as new contestants for the 2011 Derby will be in attendance at the Fifth Annual Turners Falls Block Party, being held this Saturday, August 13th, 2011.
The carts will be part of the parade, which starts at 2:00. After the parade attendees of the block party will be able to sit in and even ride some of the carts.
Jack Nelson of Carriage House Designs will also unveil a marble bench he made just for the derby, complete with an engraved image of the derby logo.
Race organizers are expecting about one hundred drivers at the racer this year, including a group of ten from Sharon, CT, several from Brattleboro, VT, and even one driver from Nazereth, PA. Most of last year's Montague racers are entering again, with some entering additional carts.
Those interested in racing are asked to go to the official website, MontagueSoapboxDerby.com, and download and print the form and send it in with their entry fee check of $25. The application deadline is August 31st.
The race organizers are also looking for vendors, especially food vendors, and race sponsors. Forms for vendors and sponsors are also available on the website. Deadline is August 31st.
The Soapbox race is quickly approaching. Battle of the bars/towns would be a neat thing to see. In my opinion, the odds are stacked for one of the 3 bars enterring the race. Hands down. Unless someone else wishes for a great challenge.
Montague Soapbox Derby Open Call for Sculptors and Artists
Montague Soapbox Derby Seeks Local Artists to Create Winning Trophies
Montague, MA -- The Montague Soapbox Derby, to be held on Saturday afternoon, September 17th, in Unity Park, Turners Falls, is looking for local artists and sculptors willing to help create a series of six to ten trophies for winners of the various style categories of soapbox carts entered into the derby.
Categories can be vague or specific, and trophy sizes may range from six inches to twenty inches in height. Any material may be used, found or crafted, as long as the trophy appears to be a valid, worthwhile object attained through excellence in that category, and must be able to be mounted on a standard wooden base, which will be provided by the race committee.
Artists may sign the trophy, and if they are interested in doing so, may present the trophy at the end of the races in the awards ceremony at the end of the race.
Artists interested in producing a trophy for the derby may call Mik Muller at (413) 320-5336 or go to the official derby website and fill out the "Contact Us" form.
The Montague Soapbox Derby is a fundraiser for Montague Community Cable TV, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
The Montague Soapbox Derby is coming up fast on Saturday, September 17th, and we want to make it a grand day for Turners Falls. And you can help us do that with a minimum of fuss. Here's how...
We have a Facebook page, and hope everyone can post a short message to their Facebook walls, Google Circles, email lists, etc. It takes but a second to do, and you'll be helping us out a lot.
Here's a sample of what you can copy and post. And thanks for any help you can provide with spreading the word! It's going to be a great day!
Hey there! This sounds like yet another fun event in our area, coming up in September. The Montague Soapbox Derby! "Like" their Facebook page and stay in the loop. http://Facebook.com/MontagueSoapboxRaces
Turners Falls -- The wheels will be spinning 'round and 'round again when the Second Annual Montague Soapbox Races comes to Unity Park in Turners Falls, MA, on Saturday, September 17, at 12:00 noon.
Race organizers are expecting about one hundred racers this year, including a group of fifteen from Sharon, CT, and several from Brattleboro, VT. Most of last year's Montague racers are entering again, with some entering additional carts.
Race Organizer Mik Muller is coming fresh off his success with the Mutton & Mead Medieval Festival, and hopes to top off 2011 with another successful event for the town, and the region. "The race last year was amazing and surprised everyone, including me" said Muller, referring to the number of spectators who showed up and the stories that were told afterwards. He hopes this year will be twice as big.
One thing that could help with attendance is the fact that this year the race will be on Saturday instead of Sunday. Many people had other obligations on the Sunday last year, including a massive clambake just on the other side of the Connecticut River.
"Another thing we'd like to rectify from last year was the fact that you couldn't see the race carts coming down the hill due to the curve and the trees in the way" Muller continued. "This year we hope to borrow risers or bleachers and place them on the outside of the turn at the bottom of the hill." This will allow people to see the carts almost from the very top of the hill, and a better view than from the inside of the turn.
Applications for racers are being accepted right now, with the deadline coming up soon. Those interested in racing are asked to go to the official website, MontagueSoapboxRaces.com, and download and print the form and send it in with their entry fee check of $25.
The race organizers are also looking for vendors, especially food vendors, and race sponsors and underwriters. Forms for vendors and sponsors and underwriters are also available on the website. The deadline is August 15th for them.
Alana Holmes Martineau, the lead singer from Ruby's Complaint and past winner of Valley Idol, will be singing the National Anthem, and so far the Rendezvous has signed up to be the beer and burger vendor. Harbor Dogs will also be there.
I have a large inventory of fantastic bikes for soapbox carts. Call me and pick up what you need. Also, keep in mind there will be a session where you can come to my studio and work on a cart. I have tool and a willingness to help. If you need advice before the build give me a call.
It is expected that there will be two other races. An adult race in Sharon Ct http://sharonfiredept.org/custom.html?id=7841 and a possible race in Brattleboro. Mik and I are expecting to go to both of them. Hope to see you there.
Turners Falls -- The exclusive DVD video of the 2010 Montague Soapbox Races, held this past September 19 in Unity Park, is now for sale by MCTV.
The whole day was captured by four separate cameras, situated at the top, middle and bottom of the hill. All the action, all the drama, all the laughs, all the chills... all on one single DVD, for your home viewing pleasure.
You can purchase the DVD online at the address below, or by sending a check for $15 plus $2 shipping & handling to Soapbox Race, c/o MCTV, 34 2nd Street, Turners Falls, MA 01376. Please make sure to include your return address. You may also stop by MCTV to purchase in person (and save the shipping and handling).
On behalf of the Montague Community Television (MCTV) board of directors I would like to thank the many people who made the Montague Soapbox Race a success. I apologize in advance the people I inadvertently omit.
The race would not have been possible without director Mik Muller’s vision, enthusiasm and countless hours of hard work and the planning committee of Brandon Stafford, Barry Savinski, Doug Fontaine, Charles Kelley, Hyrum Huskey, Jon Dobosz, Jason Burbank, Greg Garrison, Joe Landry, Deb Bourbeau and Tom Bergeron.
A special thanks to town officials in Montague and their “event friendly” cooperation – from the fire, police, DPW and parks departments to the select board to the many town employees who volunteered their time behind the scenes and on race day. The MCTV team of Robin Mide, Dean Garvin, Kathy Lynch, Donna Festinger, Don Clegg, John Duda, AJ Cook, Janet Masucci, Linda Downs-Bembury, and Jo Schneiderman captured racers on video and Brickett Allis provided the PA system.
Deb Bourbeau was in the limelight on race day, recording racers’ speeds and times on the platform but also organizing an incredible team of race officials. Dave Jensen checked in carts and drivers; Miette Muller registered late arrivals; Mandy Hampp ensured their safety inspections were in order; Bob and Wendy Bogusz lined up the racers and pushed the carts to the start line; Mike McAuliffe and Kevin McCarthy set up and released the stop blocks at the starting gate on the countdown; flagman Doug McIntosh radioed Bourbeau when carts were in position, relayed the ‘time to beat’ to the racer, and confirmed when the racer was ready; Linda Ackerman did the radio countdown for racers AND officials; Greg Garrison operated the radar gun on loan from the Erving Police Department; and Dr. Mark Allen, Mike Burek and Jack Nelson were at the finish line to capture and relay times and speeds and ensure the road was clear for the next racer.
Bourbeau was joined on the platform by announcer Russ Brown and Pat Allen who kept the crowd entertained between races. Allen also judged the style awards along with Senator Stan Rosenberg. Hyrum Huskey not only coordinated the radio communications but donated a set of radios to MCTV for future events. Nancy Paglia was the vendor coordinator, Nina Martin the first aid coordinator, and Doug Fontaine was the sponsor coordinator. Chuck Vassar and Barry, Laurie and Bill Stafford acted as the safety inspection team. Tom Bergeron and the DPW ensured blockades were in place at key intersections, swept the street in advance of the race and provided event boxes for trash collection. Barry, Cody and Mary Savinski ran the 50/50 raffle with help from Lindsey Gilbert. Joe Landry set up the announcers’ platform and hosted a build party. Bill Melnick arranged for hay bale delivery and Mike Blanchard coordinated volunteers. Charles Kelley helped the racers at the finish line, and Paul Redeker provided the tents for the first aid area.
A special thanks to all those who set up the hay bales – many of the "race officials" listed above, along with Mike Blanchard, and especially those who restacked the hay at the end of a long day – Ezra Ward, Tim Burbank, Claire Pless, Russ Brown, Mandy Hampp, Nancy Paglia, Stefan Smyth, Cody Savinski and Alan Curtis.
Our underwriters were Greenfield Savings Bank, Narragansett Brewers, Kostanski Funeral Home, Montague WebWorks and Dr. Jordan Quinn, while sponsors included Maniatty Real Estate, Holy Smokes, Joe Gochinski, FirstLight Power Resources, Good Dirt Pottery, The Solar Store, Florence Savings Bank, and Power Down Debt. T-Shirts, cups and posters were screened by SilverScreen Design.
We look forward to an amazing race in 2011 if the excitement and buzz from this year is any indication. Entry applications will start being accepted in May and will be capped at 100 racers total. Those interested in underwriting, sponsoring or advertising or vending at the race may call Race Director Mik Muller at (413) 320-5336. Racers look to the website for information as it comes available. The Race Rules will be locked by October 1st, 2010.
Anne Harding, President
Board of Directors, Montague Community Cable, Inc. -- MCTV
What a great day! Thanks Mik and crew for wonderful memories for my Son Kyle and me. Kyle had such a great time he wants to do it again next week, so we will keep our eyes open for other races in the area.
We would also like to thank our sponsors who provided parts and pieces for us to build our car, without them we would not have been able to participate as safely and professionally as we did. A special thanks to all the spectators and fans that came out, it is a great learning experience for our kids to perform in front of large crowds.
Special Thanks to Helen and Jim (brakes) http://www.mattedwardstree.com/ (shocks) http://www.moodycustoms.com/ (sheet metal)
Mik: Congratulations for a GREAT community event involving ALL ages and segments of the community !!
My wife Martha and I were up visiting and had a delightful time seeing the race AND seeing soooo many of our friends and aquaintenances of over 35 years in Town! While in the audience, I heard a large number of people express their desire to be in the race NEXT year.!!!! Again Mik---CONGRATULATIONS !!!
This is EXACTLY one of the many types [including art shows, pumpkin fests, festivals etc.] of activites that previous citizen groups "dreamed" could get started in the "future" back in the 1980's !!! It was soooo refreshing for us to be you all and see such a HAPPY , FUN activity come to the Town of Montague !!!!! Thanks Mik and the ENTIRE CREW !!!!! Clark
Hey, how cool, huh? That was so much fun. Can't wait till next year.
Special thanks to Russ Brown for a great job on the microphone and Deb Borbeau for coordinating the "Race Officials." Stan Rosenberg and our own Pat Allen. So many people in Town Hall came out to help, like Doug and Mandy and... I'm not even sure who else. Jon Dobosz, you rock, sir. As does Tom Bergeron at the Hiway Dept. What a great bunch of people. Linda Ackerman from GSB doing the countdown (don't worry, next year we'll send up food!) and the rest of the Race Committe: Brandon, Barry, Doug, Chuck, Hyrum, Deb, and especially Anne Harding and Greg Garrison. Seriou troupers. And everyone who helped with HAY. Holy crap. Laying down and then re-stacking 650 bales of hay. Oy! Kelly, take it easy!
If you have any thoughts or ideas, please send them to me.
Congrats to all the winners. And to my girl Ivy who won first place in the kids division by a hair! Woohoooo!
A very big thank you to Mik and all of the other community members who are responsible for the fun times at the Soap-Box Races today! If you've not gone yet, there's still time for fun so head out to Unity Park in Turner's Falls.
Here's the list of racers, in age order. We will likely get more racers tomorrow morning.
Num Name Age City State
05 Chelsea Curtis 8 yrs Turners Falls MA
08 Thor Mead 8 yrs Wendell MA
06 Kyle Bry 10 yrs Montague MA
30 Ivy Muller 10 yrs Montague MA
29 PJ Evans 11 yrs Montague MA
24 Ross Damon 12 yrs Northfield MA
26 JP Sanieski 12 yrs Northfield MA
11 Craig Bodell 13 yrs Gill MA
13 Logan Turner-Renaud 15 yrs Dummerston VT
16 Ezra Ward 17 yrs Montague MA
27 JP Sanieski 17 yrs Northfield MA
02 Timothy Burbank 20 yrs Montague MA
04 Tim Dowd 21 yrs Montague MA
09 Katie Kurtyka 22 yrs Turners Falls MA
23 Adam Goodwin 23 yrs Turners Falls MA
15 Cody Savinski 24 yrs Montague MA
32 Jen Schafer 32 yrs Turners Falls MA
07 Michael Becker 35 yrs Brattleboro VT
21 Krista Stoops 37 yrs Westfield MA
01 Daniel Kornguth 38 yrs Brattleboro VT
14 George Braca 40 yrs Amherst MA
03 Owen Graves 41 yrs Turners Falls MA
25 David Larue 45 yrs New Salem MA
10 Chris Raymond 48 yrs Bernardston MA
12 Godfried Turner-Renaud 49 yrs Dummerston VT
17 Tom Cameron 51 yrs Easthampton MA
18 John Stewart 54 yrs Lake Pleasant MA
22 Phil Brubaker 61 yrs Brattleboro VT
31 John Landino 62 yrs Turners Falls MA
20 Sam Groves 65 yrs Brattleboro VT
28 Joe Landry 65 yrs Turners Falls MA
There was a pull-out section in today's Recorder that lists everything going on in Franklin County this fall. It had a listing for the race, but it said it was Saturday the 18th. You should get them to print a correction in the newspaper.
I did actually get it for some reason my email put that email in "spam" which is odd because it sends all the actual "spam" in my inbox. So I did actually get it but my email had a fluke. Thank you anyways for posting it for me :) Like I said it was just an email placement error with my account.
We had a great day at Joe Landry's house today built my daughter a cart with John Stewart (thanks for the barn hinge). And of course thanks to Joe for all the bike parts and use of your tools and help with cutting up the many bikes you let us have. The race will be better because of your help.
Joe Landry's cart (driven by yours truly) came in first place in the first heat, and in the final free-for-all at the end... edging out the other eight competitors. At the award ceremony at the end we won the "Most Agile Soapbox" award. This was the cart to beat.
Joe is planning to make some modifications, and will be racing it in September at the Montague Soapbox Races.
There's still time to send in your entry form for the Montague Soapbox Races on Sunday, September 19th. Print one out from the website or go to the Montague Town Hall clerk's office, any of the three Montague libraries, or to MCTV at 34 2nd Street in Turners. Get 'em in. We still need drivers!
Also, you can call Mik at 413-320-5336 for more info.
Schedule of Soapbox Race shows this coming week on MCTV, channel 17 in Montague, Gill and Erving.
Friday, August 20
9:30 AM - Block Party Parade 2010 <-- See Joe's cart in the parade!
9:00 PM - Build A Soapbox Cart With Joe Landry
10:00 PM - Soapbox Kornguth 2008
Saturday, August 21
9:00 AM - Soapbox Kornguth 2008
6:00 PM - Build A Soapbox Cart With Joe Landry
7:00 PM - Soapbox Kornguth 2008
Sunday, August 22
8:00 AM - Build A Soapbox Cart With Joe Landry
12:00 PM - Soapbox Kornguth 2008
1:00 PM - Block Party Parade 2010 <-- See Joe's cart in the parade!
9:00 PM - Soapbox Kornguth 2008
10:00 PM - Build A Soapbox Cart With Joe Landry
Monday, August 23
7:30 AM - Soapbox Kornguth 2008
12:00 PM - Build A Soapbox Cart With Joe Landry
8:00 PM - Build A Soapbox Cart With Joe Landry
Tuesday, August 24
9:00 AM - Build A Soapbox Cart With Joe Landry
12:00 PM - Soapbox Kornguth 2008
5:30 PM - Build A Soapbox Cart With Joe Landry
10:00 PM - Soapbox Derby Cart Construction Party
Wednesday, August 25
8:30 AM - Soapbox Kornguth 2008
11:00 AM - Build A Soapbox Cart With Joe Landry
4:00 PM - Block Party Parade 2010 <-- See Joe's cart in the parade!
8:00 PM - Build A Soapbox Cart With Joe Landry
9:00 PM - Soapbox Kornguth 2008
Thursday, August 26
10:00 AM - Soapbox Kornguth 2008
3:00 PM - Build A Soapbox Cart With Joe Landry
6:00 PM - Soapbox Kornguth 2008
10:00 PM - Build A Soapbox Cart With Joe Landry
Turners Falls - People wishing to enter the Montague Soapbox Races who haven't yet sent in their entry form now have an extra two weeks to get them in. The new entry deadline is Monday, August 30th, 8:00 PM.
The Montague Soapbox Races, the first of a new annual event, is a fundraising event for Montague Community TV, and will be held on Sunday, September 19th, from high noon till the last cart goes down the hill. Winners will be handed real metal trophy cups in a winners ceremony at the end, hosted by Russ Brown, State Senator Stan Rosenburg, and Montague Selctboard chair Pat Allen.
Entry forms are still coming in to the TV station every day. The race will stop at a maximum of 150 racers. The race entry fee is $25. Spectators attend for free.
Race entrants who need technical assistance putting their cart together will be invited to a cart building party on Sunday, August 29th, in Turners Falls. Some of the Race Inspectors and Race Officials will be on hand as well to give professional advice.
Racers should bring whatever they have already completed, as well as all parts and supplies they intend to use, including bolts, screws, nails, wood, concept drawings and their own tools (very important). the build party host has a large supply of bicycle parts and wheels to provide for free. All racers under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Race rules and applications can be downloaded from the official race website and printed. If you don't have a printer you can pick up a pre-printed application at the Montague Town Hall clerk's office, any of the three Montague public libraries, or the TV station itself, at 34 Second Street in Turners Falls.
The race is still looking for vendors, either to sell food or wares, or distribute their information or fundraise. Please contact Nancy Paglia (413) 548-9015.
The race is also looking for sponsors and hay bale advertisers. Please contact Doug Fontaine (413) 522-8382.
Who’s in and what’s our numbers? Is there a list? Or were wer supposed to get a letter?
I was just wondering if there is a list of the people who are in, or if we were supposed to get a letter back saying wether you got our $25 or not. Or what our numbers are, because we do need to know so we can paint them on our cars. I don't want to sound rude or come across like that at all, but I sent my stuff in about 2 weeks ago and I'm still waiting to know what's going on, and I'm sure people who sent in information prior to then feel the same thing. I don't know if I have been over reading that particular information, or I missed the memo, but if I did could someone please guide me to where I need to be? Sorry if this came across in a manner in which I didn't attend for, I'm just getting antsy and would like my number, or if I'm in or not really.
The Montague Soapbox Races will be part of the Avenue A Block Party parade
[soapbox_cart1_small] Turners Falls - Entrants in the Montague Soapbox Races will bring their carts to the Avenue A Block Party to show them off in the parade, and display them during the block party.
Daniel Kornguth, the owner of a soapbox derby in Brattleboro and an early registrant in the Montague race, commented "Are you kidding? We'll be there to represent Brattleboro and challenge Montague to beat us."
Joe Landry, a local sculptor and artist, built a cart just for the parade. "My granddaughter wanted to be in the parade, so I built her a cart." He is considering entering the cart into the Montague Race and may be looking for a driver.
All entrants in the Montague Soapbox Races, whether they have completed their carts or not, are encouraged to bring their carts to the parade, and show off their current status with other entrants.
The parade starts at 2:00 PM at Second Street in front of MCTV and goes towards Fifth Street.
The Avenue A Block Party is celebrating its fourth year, and has become a regular annual event in Turners Falls, MA.
I am selling my car and looking to acquire some form of a cart trailer for my bicycle. I want to have something custom built, but don't know where to start?
I want a trailer that would have a wooden box base, that I could easily haul laundry or groceries in, but also to attach a wire cage frame on top, to accomodate my two smaller dogs. The child carriers I see around usually have velcro enclosures and I know one of my dogs would try to escape, if passed by a loud truck.
I was thinking something with tires about the size of a child's bike, nothing too rugged, but able to go up to the Plains as well.
Any ideas on who I could talk to? Where to get the equipment to attach it to the bike and a pivot? I'm haven't investigated with any of the local bike shops, just hoping someone could help make my dream a reality!
It has been confirmed... we will have State Senator Stan Rosenberg as a guest judge at the Montague Soapbox Races, September 19th at Unity Park in Turners Falls, Montague, MA!
Stan will be one of our Styles Judges, along with Montague Selectboard chair Patricia Allen. We have invited one more person to also be a Styles Judge, but do not have confirmation yet. Look to these pages for news on that front.
There are plans for a cart building party on Sunday, August 29th. Tentatively around noon. possibly at Joe Landry's house on Turners Falls Road. Joe has about 80 old bicycles that can be cut up and bolted onto whatever. Look for news soon to confirm.
Apparently Brattleboro has had a soapbox derby for the past two years, and now they have a cart building party to help promote it. I'm going up there on Sunday around noon with a video camera and some beer. Anyone care to join me?
A quick note ... the Montague Soapbox Races is looking for vendors, advertisers and sponsors. You're on the inside track to get early signup and first dibs on vendor spaces and placement on the website.
I'm getting calls from many people, four of them so far, telling me stories of soapbox derbies they were in when they were kids. The most recent one was told to me by an officer of the Montague Police who said he had a class trip some time in the early 1980's where about six or eight kid-driven carts went down 1st Street hill, starting about half-way down. He's looking for a photo he thinks he may have.
Here's the list of other races I know about so far:
Early 1980's: 1st Street hill, Turners Falls
1963: Old Home Days race, South Street hill, Montague Center
1950: Millers Falls / Erving-side
1947-1949: 3rd Street hill, Turners Falls
There was another race on Maple Street in Greenfield. Can't recall the year at the moment.
If you recall other races, or have details about these or better yet PHOTOS, please let me know. You can post here or contact me directly.
MONTAGUE TO HOST SOAPBOX RACES, SEPTEMBER 18th, 2010
First Local Soapbox Race in Decades
Montague will host the first Soapbox Race in Franklin County in decades on September 18th, 2010. The gravity-fed race will take place at Unity Park in Turners Falls on the 1st Street hill. Racers must be at least 8-years old. All carts must be made from scratch, not from kits or pre-fabricated, and must include no propulsion of any kind.
The entry fee is $25 per racer and only 150 applications will be accepted. There will be three age brackets: kids, teens and adults. Yes, adults may race! The application deadline is August 15th. Racers may obtain sponsorship to help defray the cost of building their vehicle.
Racers in each age bracket will win real-metal trophy cups based on distance or creativity. The event will be free to watch, and it is hoped families will come out to picnic with the many local food vendors.
Race Director Mik Muller remarked “Unity Park is a perfect location for a downhill race: the 1st Street hill is quite steep and the bend at the bottom requires some skill, both in vehicle construction and driving; the wide lawns in the park are perfect for spectators to gather and cheer; there is plenty of room for vendors to sell their food and wares; and of course there is the Connecticut River spanned by the Turners Falls Gill Bridge as a beautiful backdrop, an icon for Turners Falls.”
This is the first derby since the Old Home Days derbies of the mid-1960’s in Montague Center, and before that the 3rd Street derbies of the late-1940’s in Turners Falls.
Vendors interested in having a table at the race should call Nancy Paglia at (413) 548-9015. Those wishing to advertise, sponsor or underwrite the race please call Doug Fontaine at (413) 522-8382. Anyone wishing to volunteer on race day (free staff t-shirt!), please call Mik Muller at (413) 320-5336.
Race rules, all required forms, and more information can be found on the official race website.
The Montague Soapbox Race committee is looking for a couple more coordinators, including a Race Official Coordinator, and a Volunteer Coordinator.
We're going to need about 30 or 40 volunteers on race day, to help officiate the race, direct traffic, watch the track, help set stuff up and break it down, etc., and we need a couple of people to help plan and coordinate these people. All coordinators and volunteers will receive a free t-shirt, and have a lot of fun at this great event.
Those interested in being a Coordinator, please give me a call. 413-320-5336.
Our next planning meeting is this Wednesday at the MCTV studios, 34 2nd Street, at 5:30pm.
Am I the only one who remembers the same type of race held on what we called Jalicki's hill, now South Main st in Montague? It was in conjuction with Old Home Days. My brother Hugh made his car out of an old baby buggy. I have 35mm slides of it somewhere. Must have been around 1963 or so. It was quite the crowd pleaser.