Michelle Kuster and son Brody Paton are the organizers behind the Friendship Day Soap Box Derby, a fundraiser for BC Children’s Hospital. (File photo)

Michelle Kuster and son Brody Paton are the organizers behind the Friendship Day Soap Box Derby, a fundraiser for BC Children’s Hospital. (File photo)

Editorial: Kids and inner kids take the wheel at soap box derby

Salmon Arm’s Friendship Day Soap Box Derby offers all-ages excitement

This past weekend saw a lot of kids, and inner kids, come together for what we hope becomes a staple fall event in the Shuswap, the Friendship Day Soap Box Derby.

While Salmon Arm may have a reputation as a quiet “lifestyle” (ie: retirement) community, the young – and young at heart – filled Hudson Avenue’s west end to cheer and enjoy some soap-box racing excitement.

There were plenty of racers participating too, many with their own vehicles – an amazing assortment of soap box carts, each unique and all clearly the product of a labour of love.

Individual soap box riders started at the top of the hill near Shuswap Street and, with a push, were launched down Hudson. Riders had to steer around hay bales, with the option to take a small jump before reaching the finish.

Related: In photos: Ready, set, roll!

Grown-ups got into the action as well, letting go with their inner kid at the wheel as they raced down the hill.

There were thrills (especially among parents as they watched younger riders fly down the hill), and a couple of spills, but all in all, everything went very well – even the rain held off for most of the event.

Related: Racers wanted for Shuswap soap box derby

Organizers Brody Paton, mother Michelle Kuster, and all those who stepped up to help make this event happen, should be proud of what they’ve accomplished.

In addition to the event supporting BC Children’s Hospital, it showed we have a strong family-oriented community that isn’t opposed to letting our kids (of all ages) strap on a racing helmet for a little heart-racing fun.


@SalmonArm
newsroom@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Rachel Spanier opened her new business, Rikki Lou Who’s Gift Emporium at the corner of Alexander Street and Lakeshore Drive on May 11. Space at the rear of the store is dedicated to her other business, Head Gamez Hair & Company. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Lookie-loos welcome at new downtown Salmon Arm business

Rachel Spanier combines gift emporium and Head Gamez salon at one location

A thief or thieves broke into a kitchen at the grandstands at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds recently, destroying a door apparently with the intention of stealing copper. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Man found sleeping amidst damage on Salmon Arm fairgrounds

Agricultural association dismayed by vandalism, thefts in kitchen, dance studio

Quinn, left, and Adrian Van de Mosselaer are going through UBCO’s nursing program together after Quinn encouraged his brother to go back to school. (UBC Okanagan/Contributed)
UBC Okanagan student transitions from professional hockey to nursing

Adrian Van de Mosselaer credits his younger brother for the push to get him back to learning

The first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine dose in Canada is prepared at The Michener Institute in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
One death, 39 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

There are 484 active cases of the virus in the region currently

Letter writer concerned there was a lack of notice by School District 83 regarding the May 12 board meeting on the district’s Long Range Facilities Plan. Discussion at the meeting is expected to focus on Salmon Arm schools, including the J.L. Jackson campus. (Google maps image)
Letter: Public provided little notice on Salmon Arm school facilities meeting

Writer questions what constitutes proper communication

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains in the B.C. legislature, May 13, 2019. (Hansard TV)
VIDEO: B.C. to provide 3 days of sick pay for COVID-19 absences

Province will support employers on cost, labour minister says

(Glenmore Neighbours/Facebook)
VIDEO: Parade of ducklings stalls Glenmore traffic

Duck and ducklings trek across Glenmore, guided to pond by residents

Vernon’s Tanya Wick, human resources VP at Tolko Industries Ltd., has been named the 2021 HR Professional of the Year by the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon. (CPHR BC & Yukon photo)
Okanagan resident gets top provincial award for HR excellence

Tolko’s Tanya Wick has earned the title of 2021 HR Professional of the Year

BC Housing minister David Eby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Eby jabs back against Penticton mayor’s ad urging BC Premier to intervene in shelter dispute

Eby writes that Penticton’s ‘serious’ social issues won’t improve under leadership of the mayor

What3words was first created in the U.K. in 2013 and is credited to saving the lives of outdoor enthusiasts around the world. (Contributed)
‘This is a life saving tool’: App helps paramedics find capsized canoeists near Revelstoke

What3words pinpoints the person’s phone location to a three-meter range

The City of Vernon is taking a close look at six high-priority Okanagan Lake access points, including three sites along Tronson Road (pictured above) in May 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Vernon council looking closely at Okanagan Lake access points

Six access points have been identified as ideal for recreation

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 rate creeps up again, 600 new cases Wednesday

One more death, 423 people in hospital with virus

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Police working to identify the two bodies found in South Okanagan

The area will see higher police presence ahead of a forensic examination

Most Read