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Marble Falls Soapbox Classic Racing for CASA

The ninth annual Marble Falls Soapbox Classic returns to downtown Marble Falls on Friday-Sunday, June 15-17, which is Father’s Day weekend. The event benefits CASA for the Highland Lakes Area. Staff photo by Jared Fields

MARBLE FALLS — The fastest event on wheels (at least on the Third Street hill) is fast approaching, but there’s still time to get in on the action.

The ninth annual Marble Falls Soapbox Classic returns to downtown Marble Falls on Friday-Sunday, June 15-17, which is Father’s Day weekend.

“We are thrilled about the racing changes made to the derby event the last few years,” event producer Shannon Heep said. “We have added more racing with new division and brackets.”

This year, the Soapbox Classic has another purpose: CASA for the Highland Lakes Area.

The 2018 event benefits CASA, a local nonprofit that recruits, trains, and supervises Court Appointed Special Advocates. These volunteers, often called CASAs, serve as the voice of children removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect in court proceedings. CASA for the Highland Lakes Area currently serves more than 440 children in Burnet, Llano, Lampasas, San Saba, and Blanco counties.

“CASA volunteers help make a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable children,” said Heep, who is also the CASA for the Highland Lakes executive director. “We need more members of our community to step up and get involved so every child has a loving home to call home.”

The Soapbox Classic will raise money for and awareness of the role CASA plays in the community. Go to highlandlakescasa.com or call (325) 388-3440 for more information on CASA for the Highland Lakes Area.

As for the 2018 Marble Falls Soapbox Classic, this is fast-paced racing as daring young (and not so young) men and women design, build, and bring their cars to the intersection of Main and Third streets. Then, they fly down the hill as fans lining the street cheer them on.

The Marble Falls event has grown into one of the most anticipated activities in the area, year after year.

If you’re interested in racing, you might still have time to build your car. Go to adultsoapboxderby.com for racing rules and information. It’s a great activity for families, friends, businesses, and organizations.

As for fans, you can enjoy the racing, live music, and vendors throughout the three-day racing extravaganza. Admission for spectators is free.

Sponsorships are still available, and volunteers are also needed. Learn more at the above website. And remember, “Build it. Bring it. Race it.”

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