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Soap Box Derby Gearing Up in Moss Point

If you’ve ever considered getting your kids involved in the soap box derby racing circuit, there’s an upcoming event at Moss Point that’s sure to get your wheels spinning.

The annual Deborah Washington Memorial Soap Box Derby will take place in downtown Moss Point on April 2 and it’s not too late to register children and young adults between the ages of 7 and 21.

Racers will need to build engine-less cars from kits and zoom those vehicles in age divisions on a specialized track in downtown Moss Point. Racecar kits and repair parts can be purchased at the Soap Box Derby store.

First-time racers will need to attend a March 12 practice and bring a copy of their birth certificate to complete registration.

This unique derby is one of the few in the country that not only awards a cash prize, but also provides loaner cars for racers who cannot afford the expense of car kits or trying soap box racing for the first time. Loaner cars will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

Winners will advance to the World Championship in Akron, Ohio on July 31.

The race is sponsored by Moss Point Active Citizens and the Black Employee Network at the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery. The derby draws participants from across the Southeast.

The event was originally known as the Magnolia State Soap Box Derby. The race was started by Deborah Washington in 1992 and was changed to reflect her name after she lost her battle with breast cancer. Washington was a beloved refinery employee known for her active community involvement.

Organizers are expecting the turnout this year to be better than ever so make plans now to participate or attend.

Visit the Deborah Washington Memorial Soap Box Derby’s Facebook page for additional information.


Written by Cherie Ward

Cherie Ward is an award-winning Mississippi Gulf Coast journalist with decades of experience in writing and photography. She lives in Ocean Springs with her husband and has two adult children who also live on the Coast.

Connect with her by email at [email protected] with story ideas or find her @cherieward on Instagram. She would love to hear from you.


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