Jun 5, 2016 5:10 PM

Local kids compete in annual Soap Box Derby Championship

DOVER - Kids from all over the state headed out into the rain Sunday with nothing but smiles as they competed in New Hampshire's annual Soap Box Derby Championship race.

"I just really like it," 13 year-old Sylvia Vargas said.

Vargas has been competing in the Soap Box Derby for the past three years, and said that the adrenaline is what keeps her coming back each year. She said, "My cousin introduced it to me and I wanted to try it cause I went to one of her races and it looked really fun. And once I went down one time at their driveway I just really liked it so I wanted to compete in the racing."

Vargas, along with more than 30 other kids ranging from the ages of 7 to 20 years old, competed against each other for the title of "Local Champion." The winner will then move on to compete in the All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship in Akron, Ohio.

"Every parent that is here as you can see, I mean if you looked around, everyone has to pitch in to make this work. From setting up the race track to swapping wheels, you gotta lift cars, your opponent's cars, and put them on the track to get back to the top. Everyone puts in their time because if they didn't, we wouldn't have a race," said Renee Vargas from Manchester.

The derby dates back to 1934 and welcomes new generations of racers. It has grown to more than 600 races in 120 districts throughout the world each year.

"My family has raced for a lot of years, I raced when I was a kid and it's just in the blood," said Sarah Cantrell, while watching her 8-year-old son race.

To find official Soap Box Derby rules and more info, visit

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