Race day coming to Moose Jaw

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Graham Barbier of Saskatoon races down Alder Avenue during last years soap box derby. Times-Herald file photograph

Moose Jaw’s annual soapbox derby will hit the hill on Alder Avenue on Aug. 19.

The Friendly City-based Queen City & District Racing Association, a nonprofit organization with about seven local families participating, shall play host to the yearly tournament for youth age 7-15, with racers from clubs in both Saskatoon and Swift Current.

“It’s a big race day here,” event organizer and local club vice-president Don Brooks told the Times-Herald. “This is the big one here.”

During race weekend festivities, 39-42 vehicles will be weighed and registered on the Saturday. According to Brooks, safety is of the utmost importance for organizers, and ensuring all vehicles are inspected is an important reason for the annual derby’s excellent non-injury record over 26 tournaments.

“We’ve never had a serious incident, ever,” he said, adding on race day there is a briefing with drivers to further ensure safety.

On Sunday, the fun begins at 11 a.m. and runs through to about 6 p.m., and all Moose Javians are invited to witness the spectacle of the races.

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Times-Herald, Queen City District Racing Association

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Alder Avenue, Friendly Saskatoon Swift Current

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