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Downtown Derby Oct. 30-31 in Marble Falls

The Downtown Derby is Oct. 30-31 on Main and Third streets in Marble Falls. Photo courtesy of Mary Kay Ragan

Mary Kay Ragan fell in love with soapbox derby racing as a fan before she jumped into the sport as a participant. Now, she's the organizer of the Downtown Derby, coming to Marble Falls on Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 30-31.

“I love racing in derbies, but, as a fan, it’s so much fun to watch,” Ragan said. “I can’t wait for people to come out and see all the racers and racing.”

The event is free for spectators, who can see all of the action along Third Street in Marble Falls. The starting line is at the intersection of Main and the Third Street hill. A fan-friendly pit area will be at Fourth and Main.

Proceeds from the derby benefit Open Door Recovery House, a residential space for women overcoming drug- and alcohol-related problems. It’s a faith-based program supported by community donations and fundraisers.

“Open Door provides so much help to the women,” Ragan said. “It’s an incredible organization.”

The derby also features a Show-N-Shine at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 30, when racers bring out their cars to show them off before the race. Kids can get their candy fix at a trunk-or-treat in the pit area.

“It is Halloween weekend, after all,” Ragan said.


Saturday, Oct. 30

  • 9 a.m. — time trials
  • 11 a.m. — Pledge of Allegiance
  • 11:10 a.m. — racing starts
  • 6:45 p.m. — Show-N-Shine
  • 7 p.m. — trunk-or-treat
  • 8 p.m. — racing resumes under the lights

Sunday, Oct. 31

  • 8 a.m. — Pledge of Allegiance
  • 8:15 p.m. — racing resumes
  • 11 a.m. — awards ceremony

The event features five classifications: Power Puff, Twister, Masters, Speed, and Maiden Voyage.

Those interested in racing can find out more on the Downtown Derby’s website, which is also a good resource for fans. Or, email Ragan at

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