Cleaning up the competition

All of the participants after the races. - Photo by Allan Barrass
All of the participants after the races.
— image credit: Photo by Allan Barrass

On June 12, the Sparwood Knights of Columbus hosted their annual soapbox derby as part of Coal Miner Days. The soapbox derby is one of the weekend’s most popular events, and with 71 entries, it was one of the busiest.

This event is always very special because of the children who participate. The soapbox derby is all about kids having fun.

Adult soapbox derby fundraiser

The Sparwood Knights of Columbus also hosted their second annual adult soapbox derby on Friday, June 10 as a fundraiser for the Sparwood Water Spray Park. This event raised over $5,000.

Trophies were awarded to:

Overall Winner - Knights of Columbus-Sparwood - Gene von Matt (driver)

Team raising highest dollars in pledges - Sparwood Lions Club

Congratulations to the five adult teams who entered - Sparwood Lions Club, Cummins Creek Containers, Cummins Western Canada, Elk Valley Precision & Cab, and Sparwood Knights of Columbus.

Everyone had a blast acting like kids again!

Kids soapbox derby top winners and their


First place – Allison Liebe, RW Hot Shot Service

Second place – Aaron Wilbern, Mountain Mechanical Service

Third place – Brennen Kropodra, Finning

Fourth place – Josh Matt, Sparwood Knights of Columbus

Best paint job – Liam Knott, SMS Equipment - Social Club

Best costume – Nicole Klein, East Kootenay Community Credit Union

Best car design – Nathan Jefferey, Cheryl and Ken Jefferey

Most sportsman-like– Tianna Lindley, Columbia Industries


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