BANGOR, Maine — The 14th annual Eastern Maine Soapbox Derby concluded late Saturday afternoon, shortly before a brief but intense thunderstorm blew through the area.
This year’s event, the fifth since the derby relocated from Brewer to Bangor, was dedicated to the city of Bangor, according to organizer Vicki Vroom.
“The city has been a phenomenal host,” she said. In addition to closing the lower end of Buck Street for the daylong race, she said, the city provided space in the nearby Civic Center lobby for inspections on Friday night and even assigned two city workers to judge the best-decorated car.
“We all know all these kids, so it is important to have impartial judges,” Vroom said.
Thirty-six “regular racers” plus three “superkid” racers with disabilities competed in the Buck Street event.
Among the winners in the three competition categories:
Stock: first place, Lany Weatherbie; second place, Hunter Smith; third place, Corey Worcester; decoration, Lauren Strout; workmanship, Jacob Baker; sportsmanship, Emily Strout.
Super Stock: first place, Mary Bullock; second place, Rachael Graves; third place, Zachary Kennedy; decoration, Owen Wiegang; workmanship, Emily Kennedy; sportsmanship, Jacob Duckworth.
Masters: first place, Abby Cain; second place, Jeremy Vroom; third place, Holly Legere; decoration, Abby Cain; workmanship, Lucas Grant; sportsmanship, Jeremy Vroom.