Artists’ Soapbox Derby

What is one can’t miss event in August in the Hudson Valley? Which event is family friendly and requires a little creative ingenuity? It is the Artist’s Soapbox Derby in Kingston, New York.

Some last minute adjustments
Arriving in style

This event goes on every August in Kingston, NY. An exception was last year because of COVID. The events starts at the ASK Gallery on lower Broadway in downtown Kingston and ends near the end of the street at the bottom of the hill. This year it kicked off around 1:00 with a band marching down the street. When the event was ready, the first cars started down the street one at a time.

Taluah
A very intense driver- The One Week Wooden One
Kingston Kid

The Artists’ Soapbox Derby is not about speed, but creativity. There are many different categories cars are judged on. Besides winning a unique trophy, participants won cash and/or gift certificates to businesses.

Hunter Speedmobile
I think she had an issue with crowd noise on the way down. I know the feeling.
Rock Lobster
Star Wars- Millennium Falcon
Star Wars Millennium Falcon from the back being tailed by a drone.
Lego Cart
A very impressive Ghost Busters Ecto 1. I understand this will be part of the Halloween parade.
Energy – Kingston Kids with a DJ- the last car
This band started the event and provided entertainment leading up to the awards.
Event organisers with awards
Spectators voted for People’s Choice and the organisers voted in the other categories.
Best Kids- Adult in charge of Energy- Kingston Kids
Best Adult Category- Star Wars Millennium Falcon
Ghost Busters won the People’s Choice Award and Best in Show
Rondout Reject Award ROYGBIV
2nd Place Kids- Hunter Speedmobile
Kingston Kid
3rd Place Kids- Rock Lobster
Most Artistic-
Ghost Busters won in two categories.

This event draws a crowd, so if you go next year make sure you arrive early to get a parking space and a good location street-side to view. There are variety of restaurants on the streets around this event in this area of Kingston. The event ends within a stone’s throw to the marinas on the Rondout Creek. The creek empties into the Hudson River. Some people arrive by boat to view this event, and there is a nice walking path next to the creek. In addition, there is a farmer’s market going on during this event behind where the judging took place.

Put this on your calendar for next year. You will not regret it. Are you creative? Build a car to enter into the next event. Stay safe and stay creative!

For more information: https://kingstonartistsoapboxderby.com/about-the-event/. or https://www.facebook.com/KingstonArtistSoapBoxDerby/