by Nathan Warner
The long-standing tradition of the Wild West Days Soapbox Derby will be sure to draw crowds this year with its original vehicle entries.
The derby will be held Sunday, May 29 at 11 a.m. at the corner of Fremont Avenue and Main Street in downtown Zimmerman. There are four age groups for the competition, consisting of the Buckaroos (age 6 and under), Greenhorns (age 7 to 12), Wranglers (age 13 to 18), and Rough Riders (over 18).
Each competing team must have three members: a driver, a navigator and a mechanic. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded in each category with third place at $25, second place at $35, and first at $50. Zimmerman Collision donates the trophies.
“We always have a lot of fun with the derby,” said Bill Potrament, the president of the Zimmerman Civic Club. “Some of the carts people make are just gorgeous works of art.”
He says it can be pulse-pounding at times, as some carts go veering off the track and end up crashing into the hay bales on the sidelines. “Of course safety is crucial to all the activities,” he adds, saying that helmets and shoes are required to participate and an ambulance will be nearby just in case.
Entry fees are $10 for all age groups. Registration forms, rules, and additional information are available online at www.gowildwestdays.com.
Talent show new
“Whether it’s the derby, carnival or Special Forces laser tag, there are just so many opportunities for people to have a great time,” Potrament laughs, “but we’re all particularly excited about the Zimmerman’s Got Talent Show!”
The Zimmerman’s Got Talent Show is new this year and is a great opportunity for people to show off their special talents to judges and audiences. There are four age categories: kids up to 12 years, teens between 13 and 19, adults up to 55, and the youngest at heart, 55 and up.
The Zimmerman Civic Club will judge the acts in five categories consisting of overall performance, audience recognition, stage appearance, originality and personality.
The qualifying rounds begin on Friday, May 27 at 5 p.m. at Zimmerman Bowl. The top five acts from each category will go on to the finals, which commence Sunday, May 29 at 1 p.m. at Zimmerman Bowl. Each category will have three winners, awarded cash prizes in first, second, and third places. Third place will receive $25, second place $50, and first place $100.
Entry forms and rules are available at www.gowildwestdays.com.