About Us

The Tuscarawas County Soap Box Derby started in 1936 with the first race being held on Main Street in Sugarcreek. Each year champions advance to the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship race in Akron. There have been two World Champions who have qualified through the Tuscarawas Soap Box Derby local race. Phil Raber was the very first Kit Car champion in 1976, and Meghan Frantz captured the Rally Masters title in 2011. Children ages 7-20 are eligible to race in the Soap Box Derby. The winners of the Tuscarawas County Soap Box Derby race qualify for the 79th running of the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship race at Akron’s Derby Downs Track, July 10-16. For more information please visit our Facebook page or call Tim Hiller at 330-407-7580. Our Mission: The International Soap Box Derby® is a non-profit youth education and leadership development organization whose mission is to build knowledge and character, and to create meaningful experiences through collaboration, fair and honest racing competitions, STEM curriculum, and other community-focused activities.

Frequently Asked

How can I get started racing?

Visit our Getting Started page for more information on how to get started as a Soap Box Derby racer.

Do I have to buy and build a car?

For first-time drivers, we have club cars that you can re-build to fit your driver and use it to start racing. If you enjoy it, we can help you find sponsors to get your own car.

How can I donate my time or money to help this local program?

Please contact us – we can always use both to grow our program!

I have questions. How do I reach out?

Send us an email – and an enthusiastic volunteer will email you or call you back and go over all your questions.

Become a

Take part in the tradition of the Tuscarawas County Soap Box Derby – Get started with the program today to discover the excitement of gravity racing!