June 21, 2023

Stanwood-Camano Soap Box Derby returns for the 2023 season

The 16th annual Stanwood Camano Soap Box Derby — touted by organizers as the second largest soap box derby in the world — took place Saturday at Arrowhead Ranch on Camano Island with heaps of fans, food, and races.

The 16th annual Stanwood Camano Soap Box Derby — touted by organizers as the second largest soap box derby in the world — took place Saturday at Arrowhead Ranch on Camano Island with heaps of fans, food, and races.

The opening ceremony kicked off with a color guard and featured Seattle-based singer April Zhong, 11, performing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“It was very exciting and fun,” April said.

Throughout the past 10 months, April was invited to participate in three opera shows at the Seattle Opera and Tacoma Opera.

April has also performed in more than 20 live performances in recent years, each with an audience of more than 1,000 people.

The Soap Box Derby was new turf for April. She said she has never been to a car race, so she was excited to be a part of this year’s festivities.

“It is really cool,” she said, jumping up and down after her performance. “I’m just so excited.”

April’s performance wasn’t the only thing met with applause and cheers at the derby — each race was accompanied by a loud crowd watching as racers cruised to the finish line.

This year’s winners will be flown out to Akron, Ohio, through Alaska Airlines sponsorship to compete in the All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship.

The winners going to Akron are:

• Masters: Bella Siddle.

• Stock: Delilah Vanderpool and Teddy McCann.

• Super stock: Kennedy Steen.

News source: Stanwood Camano News

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