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mik - Wed, Aug 10, 2011, 3:42 P
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,, 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.

For more information, including photos from last year, visit the official race website,

You may also call Race Director Mik Muller at (413) 320-5336
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junkman - Fri, Aug 5, 2011, 7:01 A
Battle For The Title
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.
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mik - Sat, Jul 30, 2011, 1:23 P
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.

Contact: Mik Muller (413) 320-5336
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mmuller - Wed, Jul 20, 2011, 1:26 P
Helping Promote the Soapbox Derby
Hey Montagueites and local area residents,

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.
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mik - Thu, Jun 30, 2011, 3:05 P
Free bikes and bike parts
Here are the dates we're having the Montague Soapbox Derby cart-building parties:

Sunday, July 24, 09:00 am

Saturday, August 21, 09:00 am

August is becoming busy!

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mik - Thu, Jun 30, 2011, 3:01 P
Now Accepting Racers, vendors and Sponsors
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,, 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.

A great day of racing is expected by all.

For more information, visit the official race website,
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mik - Mon, Apr 4, 2011, 1:34 P
Walking in the Spring Parade
Don't forget to let me know if you can walk in the parade with your cart this Saturday.
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mik - Fri, Apr 1, 2011, 9:37 P
Walking in the Spring Parade
Spring is here, and a new tradition is born this year: The Franklin County Spring Parade, held Saturday, April 9th, starting at 1:00.


The Montague Soapbox Derby will have a section in the parade, and we invite all soapbox racers from 2010 to join us!

We will meet up at about noon, in front of Sheffield School on Crocker Avenue.

Bring your cart and an extra person to help push/pull. We'll have our banner and as many carts as possible.

After the parade we can go meet up somewhere to talk about the 2011 Race and maybe have a cocktail (for the adults -- the kids can have root beer).

Please let us know if you can make it. We hope to see you there!
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mik - Tue, Mar 22, 2011, 10:50 P
Other races
Yes, Joe and I will be going to the Sharon, CT, races on July 23. If you would like to join Team Montague let us know. We'll show them how it's done.

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joelandry - Tue, Mar 22, 2011, 10:24 P
Free bikes and bike parts
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.

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joelandry - Thu, Mar 10, 2011, 2:08 P
Other races
It is expected that there will be two other races. An adult race in Sharon Ct and a possible race in Brattleboro. Mik and I are expecting to go to both of them. Hope to see you there.
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joelandry - Fri, Nov 12, 2010, 7:27 P
Engraving done
I got my trophy engraved and it came out great. Thanks again for a wonderful event and quality trophies.
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mik - Wed, Oct 20, 2010, 5:07 P
Montague Soapbox Races DVD Now On Sale

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).
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mik - Fri, Oct 1, 2010, 1:52 P
Letter of Thanks from MCTV Board
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
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mik - Mon, Sep 27, 2010, 3:46 P
Kyle Bry at the races
Kyle Bry's dad Bill uploaded this quick piece of his race.
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mik - Mon, Sep 27, 2010, 3:44 P
Dave Larue at the races
David "Lash and Crash" LaRue put together a great 3-min video of his runs at the Montague Soapbox Races
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mik - Mon, Sep 27, 2010, 3:40 P
John Landino flips his cart
Here's a short video of John Landino flipping his cart at the first annual Montague Soapbox Races in Turners Falls, MA, on Sunday, September 19th, 2010
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stew - Tue, Sep 21, 2010, 8:20 A
It really was a blast - fun for the whole family. Even my 10 month old grandson had a blast pulling up all the grass in Unity Park and playing on the swings! Fun, fun, fun!
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mik - Tue, Sep 21, 2010, 12:39 A
Final Race Results
Here are the final 2010 Montague Soapbox Races results.

An amazing display of courage, creativity, and sportsmanship. This first year was a raging success. Thanks to everyone who helped and attended. Plans are already underway for next year.

Those who helped on the committee or on the day of the race are invited to the Rojo for a de-briefing meeting and celebration. Bring your ideas for improvement.
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Jmpar - Mon, Sep 20, 2010, 8:54 A
Had a good time
Congratulations to all !!!!!
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BillBry - Mon, Sep 20, 2010, 6:52 A
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) (shocks) (sheet metal) (wheels)

Dick Moody Machine (brake mount hubs) (Design and fabrication) (Design, fabrication and driver)

Picture gallery from day one start of construction to a podium finish in the Teens division.

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Mark1 - Sun, Sep 19, 2010, 11:43 P
A tremendous event! So much fun and so many people from all over having a great time together.

Get ready...if this year is any indication, next year will be jammed with racers and spectators!

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Clark - Sun, Sep 19, 2010, 10:31 P
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
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mik - Sun, Sep 19, 2010, 9:16 P
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!
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