Well, the All-American Soap Box Derby Organization held their second event in Payson recently and it was a great success. This event was a "Point Rally" and had participants from Arizona, California, New Mexico and Utah.
I wish to publicly thank those here in our hometown who volunteered and worked to make this event a memorable success.
Chuck Jackman, of Hashknife, made it possible for us to pick up the 30-plus bales of straw to line the track. Thank you to Payson Feed, especially Dan, Louis and John, for their hard work loading all that straw. Also, Vic and Connie Agnes, owners of Payson Feed, for donating all that straw.
The event could not have happened without the efforts and hard work of Dan Hill and Jeremy of Legacy Home Furnishings who made the trip all the way to Superior in order to pick up more cars for our kids to drive.
Our deepest thanks to the Payson Police Volunteers and the Gila County Sheriff's Posse, who sat at their street closure posts to keep our kids safe for this event. Both of these fine organizations stayed for the full two days and were wonderful.
KCMA (Cool Mountain Radio 98.5 FM) came through for us once again with both the sound system and hot dogs and sodas.
Last, but not least, thank you to our own Payson Police Department, Parks and Recreation Department and Public Works Department for their assistance in set up as well as use of their equipment to make the event successful.
As the Soap Box Derby events grow, we hope that Payson will become more and more involved. Whether by volunteering, entering drivers or being just plain spectators and enjoying an old-fashioned All-American event. This event had all the charm and wholesomeness that any small town could hope to offer. The organizers are very impressed with our community and we should all be proud of that. So, thanks to all of you for being Paysonites.
Carol McCauley, Green Valley Redevelopment and Main Street Manager, Payson