Welcome to the
Morganton Soap Box Derby

The Morganton Optimist Soap Box Derby is located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and was founded in 1985 by the Morganton Optimist Club. We started running the derby in downtown Morganton as part of the July 4th celebration. It has now moved to a dedicated track at the Burke County Fair Grounds at 145 Bost Road. Our race is held the 2nd Saturday in May. Marylin Waters is the local director and can be reached at 828-443-0407, email marylin.waters@gmail.com. Tommy Waters is the assistant local director and can be reached at 828-443-4786 and Johnny Puett at 828-403-1817.

Race Schedule

Anyone between the ages of 7 and 20 years of age is eligible to compete.

May 11, 2024
Morganton Optimist Race
Local Race

Become a

Take part in the tradition of the Morganton Soap Box Derby – Get started with the program today to discover the excitement of gravity racing!