BRING BACK THE DERBY
April 25, 2020
In a time when the country feels the true value of social interaction with neighbors, we are all reminded about the power the Marble Falls Soapbox Classic event has had at bringing the community together for a decade.
After the 2020 Adult Soapbox Derby event got canceled, We have had an unbelievable outcry from the community. Young and old, local businesses, our event sponsors, racers, volunteers, race fans and the tourists that come to the event year after year. The love for the event is strong and people are begging for its return.
In these unprecedented and unpredictable times of the Covid-19 crisis, festivals and events nationwide have been canceling their 2021 events. As soon as it is safe and reasonable for our team to move forward on our intentions, we will do so.
In the meantime, we need your help and support. When we work together, anything can happen!
Please SIGN and SHARE the petition. BRING BACK THE DERBY! Change.org/soapboxderby
WE ARE SAD TO ANNOUNCE
THE END OF THE MARBLE FALLS SOAPBOX CLASSIC
It’s been an amazing 10 years, and the 10th annual was one of the best! We are so thankful for the support of all of our racers, sponsors, volunteers and fans.
Jan 11, 2020
We’re very disappointed that we couldn’t find a workable plan to keep derby going forward. After the Derby gave up approximately 30% of our Main Street closure for the event in 2019, The city presented us with another even more restricting proposal this year. After reviewing the city’s proposed plan, we were willing to give up a lot of time and space (including the 200 block of Main St) that would require us to give up the derby car parade, the merchandise vendors and the street dance. We also accepted changes that made set-up and clean-up very restricting.
We accepted all of the restrictions that the city asked for, except that we asked to continue to be able to race on Sunday until 2pm. The city rejected our request and denied our permit. The city’s proposed plan had us starting racing hours later on Friday evening and ending the event and completing racing at midnight on Saturday, with a requirement that the streets be cleaned, cleared and open at 2 am.
With all of our knowledge and experience, we did not think that we could actually be finished racing in that time frame. If we reached midnight and weren’t done racing, we’d have to stop with no winners in the incomplete divisions. All participants would be required to stay and assist in clean-up until 2am in addition to most returning Sunday from 7am until 1pm to finish the additional clean-up tasks.
The derby has always been a three day event, and was never meant to be less. The Marble Falls Hotel Occupancy Tax committee, which has committed tens of thousands of dollars in advertising funding, supported the three day event and its fun, festival atmosphere. It’s so much more than just getting cars down the hill. This festival atmosphere is what helps draw families to the event. This event could not exist without the support of our sponsors and volunteers who have always been committed to producing a quality, family-friendly event. Severe crowding under the city’s plan, finishing racing at midnight, and having awards after midnight (if we finish) with everything having to be off the streets by 2 am is not family-friendly. The space restrictions and the compressed timeline would require us to shorten the events and require us to cancel many of the other events that have always been part of derby (street dance, parade, the hat competition, etc.). In order to continue successfully, we needed to invest in a high-quality, growing event, not a shrinking and lesser event.
It’s been a great 10 years, and the 10th annual was one of the best! We are so thankful for the support of all of our racers, sponsors, volunteers and fans.
BUT WAIT….DON’T SET YOUR DERBY CARS ON FIRE!
HARRIS HILL RACEWAY: Our friends at Harris Hill Raceway in San Marcos are interested in hosting an Adult Soapbox Derby the last weekend in June 2020 and sometime in the Spring of 2021. Stay tuned for additional information! Check our Harris Hill
JOHNSON COUNTY SOAPBOX CLASSIC: Modeled after the Marble Falls Soapbox Classic, the Johnson County Soapbox Classic will celebrate It’s 8th annual races on Labor Day 2020. Alvarado, Texas Event Website
10th Annual Marble Falls Soapbox Classic
Adult Soapbox Derby
Historic Downtown Marble Falls, Texas
Arbor Day Weekend
April 26-28, 2019
We are beyond excited to announce that the 2019 races raised enough funds to send 200 local children in foster care to camp next summer! Special Thanks go out to all of our Sponsors, Volunteers Racers and Race Fans for helping make this possible.
We look forward to working with our friends at the Burnet County Child Welfare Board and Camp of the Hills to make memories of a lifetime for our most vulnerable local children.
RACING REGISTRATION IS CLOSED!
The registration DEADLINE was April 5th. Racing slots are limited and first come-first serve. Please do not show up on race day and expect to race if you are not registered.
Friday, April 26
6pm – Show-n-Shine & Parade
7pm – Opening Ceremonies & then racing under the lights until midnight!
Noon – 4pm – Racing Finals & Awards Ceremony
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!
We simply could not do it without your help.