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Akron Soap Box Derby

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The All-American Soap Box Derby is truly an all-American pastime. Every July since 1934 (except for the years of World War II), hundreds of youth have flocked to the Derby Downs racetrack in Akron (except for the first year in which is was located in Dayton) to compete in the iconic race.


The All-American Soap Box Derby has in recent years added many other events and programs that allow for other folks to experience the splendor and excitement of Derby Downs.

Some of the events and programs include:

  • May 15-16: Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition, presented by Time Warner Cable – Designed to provide K-12 educators and students with meaningful, project- and standards-based, intercurricular learning opportunities in classroom setting.
  • June 8–19: Soap Box Derby Summer Camps: High schoolers in STEM schools have the chance to design, construct, race, and showcase their own creations!
  • June 24: Grandparents Day, presented by The City of Akron
  • July 19-25: 78th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship
  • September 3: Senior Day, presented by Akron General and The City of Akron – Seniors enjoy lunch, health information booths, health screenings and a trip down Derby Downs in an adult Soap Box Derby car.

Keep an eye out for these events and more ways you might be able to experience Derby Downs. If you are unable to ride, spectators are always welcome!


Akron Soap Box Derby

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