Plans for the second Annual Nevada City Soap Box Derby are underway and organizer Rich Bodine says 30 slots to race will be decided in a modified lottery to be held January 29th at Matteo’s Public in Nevada City. The entry fee is $200 per vehicle but Bodine says entrants wishing to make an extra donation to support Pioneer Park have a chance at the top 5 openings.
“It’s kind of a way to buy your way into the race. We’re going to call those ‘friends of the parks spots’ and they’ll be fundraising spots. The entry fee will be $200 and so for those spots anything greater than $200 as a pledge can possibly earn you a spot.”
The derby this year will be Saturday June 16th, the day before the Nevada City Bicycle Classic. Bodine says sponsors are already coming on board.
“One nice thing, also, that we have going for us this year is that many of the sponsors that we had last year have already jumped on board like Mike Bratton and Ed McSweeny & Associates, Clientworks has agreed to run communication in the form of laptop computers from the top to bottom so we can get the scores sent to the top very quickly and just lots of local businesses that are asking how they can help.”
Last year the Soap box derby drew a crowd of nearly 4,000 and raised $5,000 for Pioneer Park. The money was used to install a bocce court. For registration forms and information people can go to the website www.nc derby dot com.