There's still time to enter the Soap Box Derby in East Alton.  The 23-year anniversary of the race and corresponding festival is planned for Saturday, September 10 from 10am-2pm.  It is always held the weekend after Labor Day, giving area youth a chance to race in a soapbox car down Berkshire Hill.

There has never been a rain-out in the history of the event, and crowds have been steady in recent years.  Assistant Director of East Alton Parks and Recreation Patrick Minogue tells The Big Z it costs $2 for residents, $4 for non-residents, and a $1 late fee is now being applied to further registrations.

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It is for fun only, and the cars are provided.  Participants must be at least 7 years old, 4ft to 4ft 9 inches and must weight between 55-90 pounds.  They must be able to pass a safety check, fit comfortable in the car, operate the brakes and handle the steering of the car.  There is only room for 200 kids, and racing starts at 10am.  For more information, call 259-7411.

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