HAZARD — The annual Soap Box Derby in downtown Hazard was held Saturday. The derby, which is sponsored by Kiwanis Club, takes place on Memorial Drive in Hazard.
This year, 13 drivers participated in the stock division, with Lila Akemon taking home first place honors. Eleven drivers faced-off in the superstock division, which was won by Cody Slone.
Soapbox Derby competition is celebrated throughout the country. Local drivers can advance all the way to national competition, and there is even a Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame to celebrate the tradition.
Soap Box Derby began running nationally in 1934. Hazard has hosted a derby for nearly as long as the event has existed.
Congratulations to all the drivers who participated in the 2016 edition of Hazard’s Soap Box Derby, and thanks to Kiwanis Club for helping to keep the tradition alive.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.