Magnolia Soap Box Derby

Team building, problem solving, scientific thinking, and engineering solutions to immediate issues – those are the takeaways for Middle Georgia high schoolers who take part in the Magnolia Soap Box Derby Gravity Racing Challenge. As the presenting partner for this fun and educational-friendly competition, Middle Georgia State University is proud to help offer the youth of our region an opportunity to participate in a hands-on STEM learning initiative. Middle Georgia State University also is the presenting sponsor of the Magnolia Soap Box Derby!


11th annual Magnolia Soap Box Derby

Saturday, April 13 

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Admission is free

Magnolia Street next to Washington Park

Cheer on your favorite driver • Be part of the pit crew • Get behind the wheel of your own car!

A STEM Educational Collaborative

Magnolia Derby


Gravity Racing Challenge

High school students from central Georgia counties square off to see which team has the fastest race squad.

Prizes go to the fastest and most creative!

Professional Class

Who Can Enter - Drivers must be 18 or older.

Judging is based on speed and quality of vehicle assembly.

First-, second- and third-place prizes awarded.

Shade Tree

Who Can Enter - Drivers must be 18 or older.

The race features grassroots project cars constructed by friends, families and organizations.

First-, second- and third-place prizes awarded.

racing and more

Pack a picnic and spend the day at Washington Park.

  • Live Music
  • Local Vendors
  • Concessions
  • Activities for kids, including the Big Wheel Race

Learn more at Magnolia Soap Box Derby.