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Soap Box Derby Coming to Geneva Swedish Days 2013

The winner will compete for the international title in Akron, Ohio.

The Geneva Kiwanis Club has been granted permission to host a Soap Box Derby during Swedish Days that will be a qualifying event for the legendary international title run in Akron, OH.

At Monday night's City Council meeting, aldermen voted unanimously to close streets and provide support for the six-hour event, scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 22.

The club is seeking use of the public right of way and street closure of Second Street between Fulton and Campbell streets.

In a soap box derby, boys and girls ages 7 to 13 compete in gravity powered cars that travel at speeds of 10 to 15 mph.

"The purpose of the event is to foster a positive community environment that offers opportunities to engagethe youth and serve as a fundraiser to help benefit all the children of the Geneva community," said Geneva Director of Economic Development Ellen Divita in a report to the City Council.

The winner will compete for the international title at the76th annualĀ All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, OH, on July 27.

The Geneva Chamber of Commerce, and all city departments have reviewed and believe the event can be safely executed, Divita said.

The request does not come without concerns, however. The three stakeholder groups that would be affected by the street closure include the Berry House tenants, the Geneva Lutheran Church, and residents who reside along Second Street.

Race organizers believe residents's concerns as well as the Lutheran Church members' concerns regarding their pancake breakfast have been addressed, Divita's report said, but some of the Berry House tenants aren't happy with the loss of about 50 parking spaces.

Stan Iglehart April 18, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Geneva All American Soap Box Derby Race Recent updates to the Geneva Soap Box Derby race. All American Soap Box Derby in Akron Ohio has announced the formation of a new race city, Geneva IL. http://t.co/vnJMChGPhP Help us kick off the 1st Geneva All American Soap Box Derby race with Mayor Burns as he takes the 1st run down in our Super Kids competition race at 9am on June 22 during Swedish days. Superkids race will feature Mayor Burns and 4 special needs kids from the Tri Cities area. These car are able to accommodate 2 drivers, a special needs racer and an official soap box derby driver. Anyone who has a special needs child that is interested in racing please contact Race Director Stan Iglehart at 630-841-8832. Visit the Superkids web site at http://nationalsuperkids.org
Stan Iglehart April 18, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Clinic and information meetings are scheduled as follows. Meetings will be held at the Delnor Health and Wellness Center 296 Randall Rd. Everyone is asked to call 630-841-8832 or email stanleyi@sbcglobal.net to reserve a spot. Dates are as follows: Thursday, April 25 7pm - 9pm Information meeting Thursday, May 2 7pm - 9pm Information meeting Thursday, May 16 7 - 9pm construction clinic Wednesday, June 5 7pm - 9pm Construction clinic Information meetings will be used to inform families about the derby program, specifics on the Geneva race, sponsorship opportunities and where to purchase a car kit. Construction clinics will used to assist racers in the construction of their car. Registration forms are now available on our web site as we have begun accepting registration forms. For more information on the Geneva Soap Box Derby race contact Race Director Stan Iglehart at 630-841-8832 or stanleyi@sbcglobal.net or visit www.genevasoapboxderby.com
Stan Iglehart May 01, 2013 at 03:07 AM
The Kiwanis Club of Geneva will be holding a drawing for the use of their Geneva Kiwanis Soap Box Derby car. To enter your name, send us an email with your name, age and town you live in. stanleyi@sbcglobal.net You must be between the ages of 7 & 13 to be eligible. Drawing will be held on May 16. www.genevasoapboxderby.org

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