Soapbox derby day – Friday night fun

Commissioner Alan Toney with Jim Stihl checking out the race preparations

Just in case – Hickory Nut Gorge Rescue, Rutherfordton Fire & Rescue, and Rutherfordton Police Department standing by

Skies streaked with red, white and blue during the national anthem

County manager Steve Garrison looking anxious after Tanya’s harrowing practice run

THE wipe out turn at the end of the race.

Information is power – we couldn’t agree more.

Crowds beginning to line up along Main Street Rutherfordton

Soapbox derby start – 2017

Mayor Jimmy Dancy and wife Ginger in golf cart scrambling to get out of the way.

Faster than the camera’s focus.

Pretty in Pink Tonya

Mayor Jimmy Dancy standing by.

A horse is a horse, of course, of course — TIEC’s food and beverage director

And the winner was:

Fountain Electric by a neck – over last year’s winner Pretty in Pink Tonya Garrison – then Rutherfordton’s Public Works