The Andover Soapbox Derby, a much-loved community event in Andover has been cancelled for 2023. The announcement was made by the event’s organizers. The decision was a difficult one to make, but due to factors such as increased expenses and the cost of living crisis, the organizers felt they had little choice but to cancel this year’s event.
In a statement via his Facebook page, Kevin Rush of Andover Community events said, “It is with great sadness and disappointment that we have to announce the CANCELLATION of this year’s SoapBox Derby. Trust us when we say we will be looking into the event in great depth to ensure we are back next year with an event worthy of your attention.”
The Andover Soapbox Derby is a popular event that draws in large crowds of local residents, businesses, and community organizations. The event sees teams racing homemade soapbox carts down a steep hill, with prizes awarded. The event is not just about the race itself, but also offers a range of entertainment and activities for all ages, including food and drink stalls.
Andover Community Events organised last years Andover Soapbox Derby and raised £8,500 for Andover Mind.. The organizers are dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure that the event is inclusive and accessible to everyone in the community. They rely on the support of local businesses, organizations, and volunteers to make the event a success.
While the cancellation of this year’s event is disappointing news for many, the organizers have promised to return bigger and better next year. They are committed to ensuring that the Andover Soapbox Derby remains a highlight of the local calendar and a celebration of the community spirit of Andover.
The statement from Kevin Rush continued, “Thank you to our sponsors, teams, stall holders, and volunteers for all your support. WE WILL BE BACK.”
Although it is unfortunate that the Andover Soapbox Derby will not be taking place this year, it is heartening to know that the organizers are determined to come back stronger than ever next year. It is a testament to the resilience and dedication of the community of Andover that they are committed to supporting this beloved event and the local charities it benefits.