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Soapbox Derby
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Did you know...

...that from its humble beginnings in 1946 as a minor part of the Mission Board of Trade's Strawberry Festival, the Mission Soapbox Derby grew to be a major event eventually overshadowing the Strawberry Festival, attracting 20,000 people in 1956. In 1974 due to a lack of interest and the withdrawal of a major sponsor the derby was cancelled, and although there were many attempts to resurrect it, the derby was not re-established until 1999, a quarter of a century later. The first new race was held on 01 July 1999, sponsored by the Mission & District Lions Club along with businesses and community groups. The Mission Mission & District Soapbox Derby Association has been running the derby since 2002.

source: Mission Museum

Soapbox History

The Mission Soapbox Derby was restarted on 1 July 1999 as a yearly event after an absence of over 25 years. It was sponsored by the Mission & District Lions Club along with businesses and community groups.

That years' Soapbox Derby marked the first event held by the Mission & District Soapbox Derby Association.

The Mission & District Soapbox Derby Association actively seeks Mission Soapbox Derby memorabilia. Please contact Keith Hine.

More information on the history of the Mission Soapbox Derby can be found at the Mission Museum website. Please note that the Build A Racer instructions on the Mission Museum's website are not up to date. Go to our resources page for current build instructions.