The #SecondSaturday of April brings out the competitor in everyone as teams of homemade soap box racers vie to be named the fastest or most creative car in a thrilling race down the steep hill of Magnolia Street, beside the College Hill Corridor’s beautiful Washington Park in one of Macon’s friendliest neighborhoods- InTown. Coupled with the park’s inviting early-spring blossoms and great live music, the derby not only brings out competitors but thousands of spectators and fans who also enjoy a full day in the park with picnics and pets. On-site local vendors and food trucks will be available for those who prefer to picnic without packing. Always family-friendly, the Magnolia Soap Box Derby is full of activities for children, including the Big Wheel Race, bouncy house, and most recently, the addition of the Gravity Racing Challenge, a S.T.E.M.-based initiative inviting high school students from across the Middle Georgia region. It’s a springtime afternoon of wholesome, old-fashioned fun while we celebrate feats of speed, science, creativity and community in historic downtown Macon, Georgia. Racers and race fans of all ages are invited to participate in one of Macon-Bibb’s best action events – the Magnolia Soap Box Derby on the second Saturday in April.

Our Board

The Magnolia Soap Box Derby is organized by a rag-tag group of over 20+ Maconites who are excited about investing in the Macon community with meaningful and worthwhile events…but the bottom line is that they like to have fun!

Here are a few of the players involved: (Click to email)

Race Chairs

Brant Freeman

Alison Bender

Race Chair Emeritus

Chris Tsavatewa

Koryn Young

Chris Nylund


Robert Fisher


JR Olive

Race Day Operations

Nathan Dees


Kaitlynn Kressin


Lee Greenway and Greg Koch


Sacha Dees

Marketing and Promotions

Tyler Horne