Racers, parents, Kinsmen and volunteers pose Sept. 8 during the downhill derby, this year hosted by the Ponoka Kinsmen. Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka Kinsmen take on the downhill derby

To continue the fun derby, the Kinsmen took on the job of organizing

Another downhill derby is in the books, this time with the Ponoka Kinsmen at the helm.

This year’s derby, held Sept. 8, saw a few less racers but it’s a great first step, said Kinsmen president Mike York. He added that the club feels this is a positive event for the community. “We specialize in having younger members who just really want to get involved in the community.”

“It helps keep that spirit (of community involvement) alive,” he added.

For the racers it’s a red carpet experience, with every kid getting a shirt and a paid lunch, plus participation medals.

“We give trophies for first, second and third in each division,” said York. “And we also give a speeding ticket and trophy to the fastest racer.

That racer, Jack Mast, hit the 44 km/h mark and was given a special speeding ticket from an attending officer.

“We have the RCMP come and actually write that out,” said York, pointing out it’s all about a fun, community event.

There are three divisions of racers with the morning starting out with a practice run, then the racing began.

Looking at next year, the Kinsmen hope to bring in more racers and fans to support the racers. With help from residents, and from sponsors, the downhill derby is one experience the Kinsmen would like to continue.

Division winners:

Division 1

• First: Reid Klimec

• Second: Connor Wirch

• Third: Logan Zimmer

Division 2

• First: Alanna Reed

• Second: John Mallis

• Third: Morgan Dubeau

Division 3

• First: Jack Mast

• Second: Serge Klimec

• Third: Tye Ancion

Fastest speed: Jack Mast 44km/h

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Racers line up in preparation for another couple heats of downhill derby action.

The familiar Kin Cantina at the top of the soapbox derby hill is a familiar sight as racers vie for top speeds. One even hit the 44 km/h mark.

With racing helmets and some fall leaves, downhill derby racers had a great time.

Some of the soapboxes come with colourful and fancy decorations, making it for a fun experience.

The downhill derby is an experience for kids and parents to get together and practice racing down the hill that has become the main sight for downhill soapbox racing.

Winners of the downhill derby pose Sept. 8 after the races. Back row, left to right: Jack Mast, John Mallis, Tye Ancion, Serge Klimec, Morgan Dubeau and front row: Connor Wirch, Logan Zimmer, Reid Klimec and Allana Reed. Photo submitted

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