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May 1, 2010 (La Mesa) -- Three East County youngsters are going to Akron, Ohio, this July to compete in the National All-American Soap Box Derby. They will be winners of their divisions in the 8th Annual Drew Ford-Kiwanis Club of La Mesa Soap Box Derby. Who will they be?

That won’t be known until race day, Saturday, May 22, on Junior High Drive adjacent to La Mesa Middle School.

Thirty-five youngsters age 8 -17 are expected to enter this year’s competition, according to Derby Director Dennis Wilkes.

Last year, Bryce Taylor of Santee won the local race, survived several heats in the single-elimination field in Akron, and finished in fourth place overall in his division.

“We were thrilled to see Bryce, one of our winners, go all the way to bring home a trophy,” said Wilkes. “Our local race was the first soap box derby he had ever entered.”

Wilkes added that a Derby Car Clinic will be held from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, May 15, at Sign DeSign on La Mesa Blvd and Nemo, to assist parents and drivers in assembling their race cars.

To enter the May 22 derby, sponsor a car, or advertise at the event, contact Wilkes at 619-469-7353 or


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It looks like the youngsters

It looks like the youngsters had a very fun filled time and Ohio being such a pleasant place. Such events for the young kids should be held so that the youngsters also learn something good from such events. Benders landing