We are a few days away from the return of the Muscatine Soapbox Derby! The 4th of July in Muscatine now features one of THE best events in the state of Iowa. These soapbox derby cars will be traveling down third at speeds over 30 miles per hour!

Based on how much fun the Muscatine Soapbox Derby was last year, there’s no reason to leave town to celebrate the 4th. Last year, thousands of folks lined Third Street in downtown Muscatine to watch the soapbox derby vehicles compete. I had the best seat on a stage on the corner of Iowa avenue and Third Street on the Stanley Consultants Plaza.

The competitors you’ll see on the 4th are your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family members, along with a few from out of town. Muscatine’s ability to have an event like the soapbox derby is such a positive thing since it will bring tourists to our great community.

The time it will take the teams to build their soapbox derby from scratch is also impressive and worth noting. Some teams will shoot for having the fastest times, while others taking a creative approach and hoping their design makes it across the finish line. Personally, I like a combination of speed and creativity and, of course, for the driver to safely make it down Third Street without incident.

The team behind the Muscatine Soapbox Derby deserves some recognition for the work they put into making this event a success. That includes Josh Onken, Tony Kelly, Kelsey Hodapp, Mike Moyer, Matt Wendt, Mike Toyne, Brian Griffiths, Dena Ferreira and Jeff Weikert. If you see that group or the volunteers working the Muscatine Soapbox Derby on the 4th of July, tell them thank you. They’re choosing to spend a good portion of the holiday away from their own family and friends to ensure the soapbox derby runs smoothly for the competitors and spectators alike.

You can find more details about the upcoming Muscatine Soapbox Derby on their website at www.MuscatineDerby.com and on all social media channels by simply searching “Muscatine Soapbox Derby.” To all competitors, best of luck! I’m ready to serve as emcee once again, and I hope that all of you who come out have a great time. Bring a folding chair, sunscreen, and your camera (or smartphone), and let’s roll!