September 16, 2017
Downtown Sand Springs

The annual Sand Springs soapbox derby was launched in 2008 under the leadership of the now defunct Sand Springs Civitan Club and was held downtown on Main Street by the Triangle Park.

In its first year, the event drew 131 entries in what was expected to be a small event. Former Mayor Bob Walker is credited with being the first to suggest a soapbox derby in a Civitan Club meeting. 

In 2011 the event was relocated to Charles Page High School with vendors in the school parking lot and the race track on Adams Road. That year also added a barbecue and grilling competition and drew more than 4,000 spectators and participants. 

Hot-air balloons were added to the festivities in 2012.

In 2013 the Civitan Club asked the City of Sand Springs to take over the event, and in 2014 the City cancelled the Seventh Annual Derby due to low registration. 

In May of 2015 the Sand Springs Rotary Club took over the event and returned it to the downtown location. 

2016 winners:
Kids Novelty
1. Macen Henry
2. Shaun Allen
3. Garrett Kennedy
Adult Novelty
1. Greg Kennedy (32.06 seconds)
2. Sandy Cox (32.16)
3. Karen Keith
Kids Competitive
1. Caleb Diggs (30.15)
2. Cheyenne Wyatt (30.68)
3. Shaun Allen
Adult Competitive
1. Thad Davis (28.62)
2. Jon Diggs (29.69)
3. Christina Wyatt