Organizers behind Race Week Edmonton are giving the soap box race another go this summer, but they still need volunteers who need to be ready and set to go come July 11.

Gary Poliquin, a co-ordinator for Race Week Edmonton, says the annual race came to a halt in 2004 because it was “too much for volunteers.”

But with some new sponsors, and some new volunteers, Poliquin hopes Race Week Edmonton’s Soap Box Derby on July 11 can become an annual event.

“The inaugural Race Week Edmonton Soap Box Derby is about kids having fun with safe adult supervision,” said Poliquin.

“This is about bringing people together in the spirit of the competition — from building the soap box derby car to the actual competition.”

The Edmonton Destination Hotels Southside and the WoodWorks project of the Canadian Wood Council have donated 50 soap box derby kits to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Edmonton.

And each kit will be given to every entry for six to 16-year-old racers, which is part of the $120 racing fee.

Participants are asked to fill out a registration form at the Alberta Aviation Museum where they can pick up the kits.

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