Saturday June 14 – yesterday, in fact, was the 3rd annual Hawley 500 Soapbox Derby. This year it was named the Smokin’ Hawley 500, in honor of the late Smokey Austen, who was a devoted supporter of the two previous Derby events in town.
Nothing spells A-m-e-r-i-c-a-n-a like a soap box derby on a sunny summer day (well, the derby was over just before the thunderstorm hit!) Steve Smith, owner of the Falls Port Inn & Restaurant in Hawley came up with the idea of having this annual event. Different businesses around town sponsor the derby by either creating and donating cars or financially supporting the event. It was a fun time had by all – including my two Speed Racers, or maybe Speed Racer and Trixie?
Enjoy the pictures – my favorite car, without a doubt, was also the creepiest – it was a hearse, complete with a little coffin inside! Thanks Teeters! 🙂 Once the story gets on the newspaper websites, I’ll post links to them.
The pictures below are all linked to larger ones – so click the pic to see it bigger.
(Now guys, this isn’t Ben Hur! – credit to a bystander for that remark)
My daughter raced in the cool Candy Car provided by Penny Lane Candles & Candies
Thankfully, there were no casualties, so the hearse was not needed. :o)
WEICHERT, REALTORS, Paupack Group had to get in on the act as well with a beautiful bright yellow (naturally) addition.
Uh Oh! It’s a little early to hit the hay!
We’re certainly looking forward to next year’s event. Pops and Speed are already talking about building a car of our own for next year. Hey, why not…they’ve done the Pinewood Derby for Cub Scouts; it’s time to broaden to bigger things!
Hawley is a really nice small town – a great place to call home. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a quiet life with a Soapbox Derby every now and then – Hawley PA is a place to consider. Great schools, great food, Lake Wallenpaupack – what more could you want?
Check out the little tour I created for Hawley previously – it’s a nice snapshot of this simple country town with Victorian charm. If you’re interested in Hawley real estate, I’ll be happy to send you some lisitngs…just click here and tell me what you’re looking for.