Second Annual Sag Harbor Scouts Soap Box Derby To Take Place Sunday

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Scouts from Sag Harbor will once again be bringing back a great American tradition on Sunday with the second annual Scouts Soap Box Derby.

The event starts with a parade at 1 p.m. that will travel down Main Street and continue on High Street, where the actual derby is to take place. There are 41 cars racing this year.

New to this year’s event is the crowning of a Soap Box Derby King and Queen. The winners are to be determined by an essay contest on what it means to be a Scout.

Last year, the inaugural event took place at the end of June, but Cub Scout leader Laurie Barone-Schaeffer said this year’s race is happening earlier to work around the school schedule, as Pierson High School’s graduation is the last weekend of the month.

“It’s really an event to bring the community together and have some old-fashioned fun,” Ms. Barone-Schaeffer said.

The event will be dedicated to Katy Stewart, a 12-year-old from Sag Harbor who died in December 2010 of a rare form of pediatric cancer. In 2012, her family started a non-profit organization called Katy’s Courage to support pediatric cancer research. Her brother Robert, 9, is a Cub Scout who is participating in the race.

“We’re honored,” said Katy’s father, James Stewart. “We’re very happy that this has been offered.”

And although the race itself proves to be an exciting event for both contestants and spectators, Ms. Barone-Schaeffer said one of the most important parts of the derby is the process of the Scouts getting ready for it. “They’re meeting with people in their community. They’re learning how to work with people,” she said. “They’re making Sag Harbor from a house into a home.”

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