On May 9th, the American Red Cross hosted its annual Derby Day event at Marek Park where more than 1000 people came out to enjoy the festivities.
Various entertainment was available throughout the day, including performances by the Eagle Cheerleading Squad and AEIS Firebird Taiko Drummers, as well as a static car show and a demonstration by the Military Working Dogs. The Boy Scouts of America hosted their own pinewood derby races for children aged 6-10, a fun hands-on activity for those children too young to participate in the soapbox derby races. In addition, there were 39 vendors on hand, selling a wide variety of food and goods.
The crowd was silent for the presentation of colors and National Anthem, sung by the Kadena Harmony choir, followed by pre-race comments made by Colonel Lovette and Kadena Station Manager Nalan Miles.
The derby car races and main event took place on Douglas Boulevard, which acted as a race track for all 31 derby car entries. In the adult division, cars raced two by two, eliminating nine entrants the first round and an additional four the second. In the youth division, cars went head to head for two rounds; shortly after, all winners were presented with trophies based on race times.
Derby race winners are as follows:
1. Team Strong
3. Black and Decker (18 EMS)
1. Team Strong
In an incredible show of the community's support, more than 100 people volunteered their time to ensure the day was a success, arriving to Marek Park as early as 0630. These volunteers worked to provide assistance with a wide variety of necessary tasks, including month's long coordination efforts, road barrier set up and break down, booth set up and break down, derby car safety checks, manning registration tables, taking photographs, and timing derby car races.
Despite this year's Derby Day being a resiliency event rather than a fundraiser as in past years, a total of $1136 was collected in donations for the American Red Cross. The Kadena Station would like to thank all of those who contributed so generously.
In addition, the Kadena Station would like to express their gratitude to all the volunteers, participants, vendors, and spectators who took part in Derby Day 2015, and hopes that it was memorable for all involved.