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Soap box derby a clear winner in Saranac Lake

Daffest heads into second weekend

Members of the Lawn Chair Ladies perform an opening number for the Daffest Derby last year.

Members of the Lawn Chair Ladies perform an opening number for the Daffest Derby last year. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Weather for the second annual Daffest Derby race was much drier than the inaugural run in 2011, when rain dampened the course but not the 78 drivers’ spirits. This year, 93 racers competed in front of a large crowd in the sunshine. Even a stiff, cold breeze couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces.

“Not only are we all kids at heart (that's what keeps us young and energetic) we all love our kids, so this event allows ‘kids’ of all ages to participate,” said Daffest organizer Cherrie Sayles after the race. “And did they ever. Our second year of the Daffest Derby was an awesome success with overwhelming response from the crowd.”

There were four classes in the soap box derby race: ages 5 to 8 , 9 to 12, 13 to 15 and 16 and older. Here are the winners:

•5-8: first place, Adrian Hayden, Saranac Lake; second place, Jack Lawrence, Lake Placid; and third place, Collin Farrington, Port Douglas.

•9-12: first place, Logan Branch, Saranac Lake; second place, Marshal Moore, Saranac Lake; and third place, Gavin Woods, Bloomingdale.

•13-15: first place, Brooke Beau Dion, Norfolk; second place, Katrina Durant, Norfolk; and third place, Adam Branch, Saranac Lake.

•16 and older: Gold, Tucker West, Lake Placid; Silver, Tristan Jeskanen, Peru; and Bronze, Aiden Kelly, Lake Placid. All these racers were from USA Luge, which set up a booth at Riverside Park.

Sayles predicts that there will be more than 100 soap box derby cars at the 2013 Daffest Derby.

“People are already building derby cars in their head and asking where to get kits,” Sayles said. “We have a great event here that is going to grow year after year.”

Other first weekend festivities included live music, face painting, vendors and a pastry contest.

“People were also raving about Friday night's Pastry Contest,” Sayles said. “Sarah Curtis entered a lemon cookie that everyone was still talking about when she stepped up and rocked the national anthem (at the Daffest Derby).”

Learn more about Daffest online at www.daffest.com.

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