West Columbia’s Kinetic Derby Day 2023
Saturday, April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
On Saturday, April 22, 2023, the streets of West Columbia will be filled with art, soapbox racing, and an obstacle course with thousands of people gathering together for the third annual Kinetic Derby Day. The event spurs creative thinking, competition, and family fun as teams come together to build unusual vehicles and awe-inspiring art installations.
The day begins with soapbox cars taking over the massive hill on Meeting Street to race in adult and children divisions. After the traditional side-by-side soapbox race ends at noon, an obstacle course comes on to Meeting Street for more intense soapbox racing. Awards are given for the best art car, the fastest car, and the best wipeout.
At the bottom of the hill, you’ll find a food truck rally and West Columbia’s Interactive Art Park hosting an artisan fairway. At the corner of Meeting Street and State Street, you can’t miss a Ferris wheel that will be sure to bring a crowd. On State Street, you’ll find a mini STEAM festival with interactive science fun and exhibition soapbox racing.
The mission of Kinetic Derby Day is to inspire creative problem solving, build community pride, and showcase our growing community ready for economic investment. The event is intended to inspire creative thinkers and help them develop problem-solving skills to construct the ideas they imagine.