A soap box derby is something I have never witnessed in person and decided that this would be worth the trip on Sunday afternoon. With some sickness traveling through the house, I headed to Brevard with only my son.
When we arrived music was playing on the stage and the table of funnel cake was calling out names.
We checked out some of the other items on display and found the elusive white squirrel.
We walked over to the hill where the cars would be going down and noticed a crowd at the bottom.
At the bottom we found where the teams make final preparations to their cars. The wait for the race to start was short as the organizers started to tow the derby cars to the top of the hill using 4-wheelers.
Each race took less than thirty seconds and the cars were moving quickly near the bottom of the hill. There was only a short straight section that the driver had to stop his car before hitting a barricade of hay bales.
We were able to see several races before it started raining.
After the rain we spent some time in the festival area before checking the hill again. We were able to see another race before the rains started up again and we decided it was time to head home (not before getting a plate of funnel cake).
The White Squirrel Festival was a great event and next year I plan on returning. The soap box cars were fun to watch and it was interesting to see the variety of styles. It's like a human sized Pine Wood Derby.
Also, Brevard is just a great setting for these kind of festivals. It's a beautiful little town and the event was setup perfectly for a family event.