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The Return of the Kingston Artist Soap Box Derby 

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Since its inception in 1995, the Kingston Artist Soap Box Derby has been one of the city's most unusual—and most beloved—annual events. Each year, a lineup of local artists design "nonmotorized kinetic sculptures" and roll them down Broadway in the Rondout district. Entries in the past have included a giant eyeball, a cart made entirely of sunflowers, a fully made bed, and a woman enjoying a bubble bath in a copper tub. Despite its local popularity, the derby has met some challenges and recently went on hiatus. To make this year's comeback the best derby yet, organizers appealed to fans to support an online campaign that would help fund the event. The outrageous "not-quite-a-race" will return to the Kingston Waterfront on Sunday, August 24, at 1pm. (845) 339-2996; Kingstonartistsoapboxderby.com.

  • The famous not-quite-a-race is back.

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