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The Artists’ Soapbox Derby is a gravity-powered kinetic sculpture race that takes place every August on a hill in Kingston, NY.
The Artists’ Soapbox Derby is a gravity-powered kinetic sculpture race that takes place every August on a hill in Kingston, NY.
45 backers pledged $1,500 to help bring this project to life.

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It all started sixteen years ago, when a childhood dream and an art gallery at the top of the hill gave birth to an idea: ask artists to create a rolling sculpture to “race” down a three-block-long steep hill in our beautiful waterfront district.

We started out slow: there were only eight entries and 300 spectators the first year. But over time, the event gained momentum, and today the Artists’ Soapbox Derby attracts thousands of people, introducing many visitors to Kingston and the Mid-Hudson Valley. Kids, families, community groups and individual artists spend their whole summer—or just a day--making their artistic creations. The prize money is an incentive, but we think many people race mostly for the fame and glory.

For years we pretty much rolled along without a care in the world--after all, gravity was our friend until the recession hit us hard here in the City of Kingston. But hard times is when we need this kind of upbeat event most. It’s a full day of art, music and family fun. We want to keep the derby rolling!

So what do we need the money for, you might ask?

Prizes, Insurance, Sound system, Music for the award ceremony. Plus other important stuff, such as: T-shirts, posters, soap bubbles, etc.

So what will you get for your pledge besides our utmost gratitude? Everyone will get a thank you and a mention in our Official Artists’ Soapbox Derby Newsletter. Plus posters, stickers, t-shirts, trophies and other fun stuff. Go to our website for more information: http://www.artistsoapboxderby.com

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    Get a KTN (Kingston Artists’ Soapbox Derby) oval sticker for your car or anywhere you’d like to stick it.

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    Get a Certificate of Gravity Insurance (good for Derby day to prevent the suspension of the laws of gravity), and a KTN oval sticker

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    Get the Artists’ Soapbox Derby poster and a KTN oval sticker.

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    Get a DVD –“The Best of the Artists’ Soapbox Derby”--and the KTN oval sticker.

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    Get a Gravity Control shirt, the DVD –“The Best of the Artists’ Soapbox Derby” and the KTN oval sticker.

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    Sponsor a Michael Lalicki-designed Soapbox Derby car. He holds the derby record for the most entries ever made and raced in Artists’ Soapbox Derby history. Your name will appear on his car.

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    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    Get two specially designed trophies, one that will be given away as a prize in your name and one to keep. Trophies will be designed by Jim Fawcett, who holds the record for the most miles walked in Artists’ Soapbox Derby history and is the creator of Rondout Road Apple Award. You also get a KTN oval sticker and a signed poster.

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    Get two hours of hands-on derby-build help from Steve Heller of Fabulous Furniture, in Boiceville, NY. Steve holds the record for the most wrenches, flames, and car-parts used in the making of Artists’
    Soapbox Derby cars. Eligible for Youth Division entries and their parents only.

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    Get the complete set of Artists’ Soapbox Derby posters –this year’s signed by the artist--and a KTN oval sticker.

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    Be the Grand Marshall of the Parade and get a complete set of Artists’ Soapbox Derby posters –this year’s signed by the artist--and a KTN oval sticker.

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