Ladies and gentlemen, we’re geared up for racing! The typical Kentucky in May sentiments are always wrapped up the Run for the Roses, but Bowling Green hosts its own, different type of derby in May: The All-American Soap Box Derby presented by the Kiwanis Club of Bowling Green!

Each year the soap box derby is a multi-generational event with a family-friendly atmosphere. Held at the track at Phil Moore Park, the soap box derby gears everyone up for summertime fun.

The goal of the Soap Box Derby is to provide young boys and girls an opportunity to spend time with an adult role model.  The kids are encouraged to learn valuable lessons in sportsmanship and self-confidence.  And then, they’re rewarded by competing in a racer that they built themselves.

Years ago, the Soap Box Derby Race in Bowling Green was held on College Street.  It dwindled for a few years, and then was brought back by the Bowling Green Kiwanis Club in 1998.

In the meantime, don’t miss drag racing out at Beech Bend Raceway here in Bowling Green, one of the country’s oldest drag strips. The hot rod season is revving up for action as summertime is just around the corner. Beech Bend is hopping with weekly summertime racing events. For more, check out its website here.

Along the multigenerational lines, we’re proud to reveal our newest Bowling Green tourism video. It captures the family-friendly atmosphere of our attractions and resonates the adventures happening around every curve. Take a look here