Fort Riley will hold its first ever Soap Box Derby on Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Camp Funston. 

Nicknamed “Riley’s Rascal Derby Race,” the event will be open to racers in three age divisions, including: 7-12 years, 13-17 years and 18 and older.

Prizes will be awarded for the top speed in each age category and for best designs, including funniest car, most creative and the “Spirit of Fort Riley.” 

Cars can only be powered by gravity, and all racers must wear helmets. Racers can register for the derby online at The deadline to register is Aug. 1. Detailed rules are available on and Those interested can also call 785-239-4983 for more information. Participants and spectators should check prior to the event for any updates. 

Visitors to Fort Riley who don’t have a Department Of Defense identification card will need to stop by the Henry Gate visitor’s center to get a pass. DOD ID cardholders are considered a Trusted Traveler, and may vouch for up to seven other people in their vehicle. Anyone 16 years old and older will need a photo ID. Those interested can learn more about accessing Fort Riley by visiting or by calling 785-239-2982.

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